Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 30, 2017
One of my Progressive friends and I recently discussed the pros and cons of Liberal socio-economic policies. During that discussion my friend questioned my empathy for the less fortunate stating: “”There are a lot of arguments as to why we are short and where the jobs are but the fact remains we have people who cannot survive. I simply don’t understand how making people’s lives miserable somehow makes my life better. Their plan (conservatives) is akin to just yelling ‘Get a Job.’”
It is disappointing that liberals believe, or at least profess to believe, that those with different policy opinions are somehow less empathetic than they are. Inherent in their view is the belief that government and governmental programs improve the lives of the less fortunate. This decades old view had the potential for being correct during the 1960s when the great experiments were initiated. But history has since made its judgment and it concludes the programs have been a failure.
Posted is a graph of the US poverty rate since 1960, but prior to Obama and Trump. Going back a few years helps remove the current partisan political rancor. These numbers and the trajectory of this graph indicate that the poor have fared worse under Progressive policies initiated in the 1960s through the Great Society programs. Many these programs continue to this today.
While this graph does not answer the question of cause and effect, it at least raises a red light. At best, these unacceptable results emanated from bad socio-economic policy. The alternative is that things have turned out just as the political-elites designed. Conclusion; those who promoted the feel-good economic policies of the past five decades, both Democrats and Republicans, own the results. Continuing these Progressive policies will offer the same trends, which will also give the political class the ability to grab more power through offering economic solutions for problems their policies created.
It is time for society use object results instead of feel good talking points to determine public policies. However, this logical approach would usurp power from the ruling political class, which they will not give up easily.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 15, 2012
The political class in the United States votes themselves ever-increasing perks. In the Congress this includes
hefty pensions, special retirement plans, fancy facilities, and a Cadillac health plan. Members of both parties enjoy these perks so there is little complaining about the excesses from either side.
The executive branch takes its share of perks. Earlier this year, The Daily Caller publish an article concerning the lavish right lifestyle offered President Obama and his family. They indicate that for 2011 the total bill to US taxpayers was approximately $1.4 billion for the Obama White House. This figure includes staffing, flying and entertainment, and other expenses. This figure is many times the approximately $58 million British taxpayers spend on the Royal Family.
The president has access to many costly perks including:
- Appointing staffers without Senate confirmation. The Obama White House has nearly 470 staffers of which nearly half make over $100,000 annually.
- Free camp David vacations with total cost running nearly $300,000 per day.
- The White House has a movie theater with full-time projectionist.
- Significant vacation time with access to the carbon-belching Air Force One.
- President Obama’s dog Bo has a full-time staffer reportedly played over $100,000 annually.
The perks of the presidency started long before Obama took office. However, Obama’s promise of “change” has certainly been avoided when it comes to modifying these excesses. In addition, his ongoing criticism of “millionaires and billionaires” demands less opulence in his family’s use of the People’s money.
Posted in Government Waste, Politics | Tagged: Air Force One, dog, health plan, Obama, Pensions, perks, Political Elites, Projectionist, retirement accounts, Staff | 2 Comments »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 3, 2009
This Blog is critical of the Obama Administration because their actions and the fact that they are in power. While, we do not excuse the Bush Administration for its “sins”, especially those related to the budget deficit and governmental intervention and bailouts, further criticism of them would not aid in the resolution of today’s problems. The Obama team is in power and the challenges the country faces are now their responsibility. It is hoped that constructive criticism will create healthy debate and positive change.
The Political Elites, no matter which country they reside, are too often focused on increasing their power and financial positions; not serving the people who elect them. Today’s posting points to the deficiencies of the France’s Political Elites showing this is a worldwide problem. Read the rest of this entry »
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