"Tom, no I do not think computer trading is driven by a fear of poverty. It is just an outgrowth of technological development and sophistication. I do think many aspects of politics are driven by a fear of powerlessness, or as a desire for more…"
"Please. The "dumbing down" I refer to is not that of our leaders as much as it is the general public. Most people know more about the Kardashians and other celebrities than they do about what goes on or about anyone in government.
"Nathaniel - you say the whole of humanity is moving toward peace. I wish I were more positive on the prospects of peace in the world. While it is true that there is peace in Europe, the Middle East is a tinder box, and extremism is spreading across…"
"Tom, I would accept math and to a large degree science as being more logic and reason based, although some scientists become emotionally attached to their theories and overlook those signs that tell them they may be on the wrong path. Certain…"
"Poverty is going up, middle income is declining, education levels are dropping, and most appeals in this country are based on emotion. I think we (speaking for the USA) are headed in the wrong direction - based on your goals anyway.
"Tom - for clarification. You said "Outside the sciences and mathematics, have logic and reason ever defeated emotion?" Are you suggesting it would be a good thing for logic and reason to defeat emotion ?"
"Note the "Clinton surplus" was created by 1) strong economic growth due to innovation like the internet, high tech stuff and 2) the cold war peace dividend (decreased military spending.
Obama wants to take us back to the Clinton era…"
"Tom - You have stumbled on to the true problem here - politicians from either party do not like to say no to spending, that is where they get their power from - giving things to people.
That is why the only way they can agree to reduce the increase…"
"I look forward to your reply.
P.S. You said "the debt ceiling, for example, does not allow for increased spending - it only allows us to pay for what we've already spent. it is not a tool for negotiation. the GOP wants to use the…"
"Whether we have a spending problem or a revenue problem is purely a matter of ideology - liberals say we have a revenue problem, conservatives say we have a spending problem.
What most people would agree we have is a deficit problem. If we are going…"
"I consider myself independent, and have supported Dems in the past - Exp. Clinton first term. I have a hard time with the current bunch, although I have to hold my nose with many of the current Repubs as well.
I believe "genuinely small…"
"OK Tom - The left/progressive desire is for a European entitlement type state (single payer government run healthcare eventually, greater wealth redistribution., etc). The conservative desire is for less government and more market driven capitalism.…"
"You nailed it. Obama wants to continue to increase Federal spending without regard to the economy or the deficit (lip service only). The Republicans do not do a good job of telling the story, at least at the Federal level. They do a much better job…"
"Tom - I am just saying that Obama is transforming the direction of the country more than a caretaker type President (he wants to be remembered as the "Reagan of the Left). Whether you view these changes as positive or negative will depend on…"
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