Yeah, don't dare attack welfare unless you also attack corporate welfare!
However, Andrew, you fired a cheap shot.
...so many regulations on the books that no one can possibly know them all, or even half of them.
No one needs to know all the regulations, or even half of them.
Fill in the blank below.
If you're in the ______ business you need to know its regulations.
Andrew, here's what i don't understand. you're opposition to "big gov't" etc. seems to be ideological. you make claims like the gov't is too big, and when i ask why, your response boils down to "it just is". that's why i think most atheists lean left. we don't do ideology, we use evidence and reason. if you can make a strong case for what level the gov't should be spending at and why please do so. just be sure to back it up with some facts and figures. saying "smaller, but i don't know how much smaller" is not acceptable.
much like religion, i fear you've been sold a bill of goods. unless you can specify what needs to be cut and by how much you're just towing the ideological line that gov't is bad.
lol, i'm not trying to give anyone hell. i don't think i'm a natural leftist. perfect example - i'm not an environmental kook. i love nature and all, but i have never been involved in any causes on that side. and while i sympathize towards the subject i happen to be too crappy of a citizen to do much about it. yet the effort from the ideological right to demonize, denegrate, and disparage science has made me a vocal opponent of the far right on issues like climate change and evolution. i would never care so much about those issues had ignorant people who hold political sway in our country started to tout anti-science rhetoric about said issues. it pisses me off.
Matthew, I minored in economics. Learning the economics of government-financed water projects in Arizona made me an ally of environmentalists.
Western water projects are subsidy on top of subsidy on top of subsidy. At taxpayer expense, each one makes a few landowners wealthy.
The subsidies started early. The bill for the American Revolution, which made the Appalachian region available to land speculators, was sent to taxpayers.
The Yazoo land fraud (1790s-early 1800s, see Wikipedia) resulted in a bailout by taxpayers for another set of land speculators.
The subsidies are many and the beneficiaries are few.
Both political parties redistribute wealth.
I used to be a conservative christian. Later just a conservative. Then a conservative heathen. A conservative liberal. Conservative liberal agnostic. Liberal atheist. A Liberaltarian. Hell, I just don't care anymore. Politics is yet another game that we play.
I see it similarly, Kakumei.
I never heard any partisan talk from my dad (a Dem) and my mom (a Repub) and gradually came to see the Dems as soft-headed and the Repubs as hard-hearted.
We are stuck with their corruption and their occasional loophole-ridden reforms until we have an effective national initiative and referendum.
Most of the 26 or so states whose constitutions provide for a real initiative and referendum are in the West. I was active in Arizona politics for several years and found that its constitution provides for them because the people who wanted statehood didn't want the corruption they saw in the East.
The Massachusetts initiative is worse than weak because the state legislature, with an unrecorded voice vote, can reverse anything the voters do.
BTW, Obama is several times more warlike than Eisenhower.