The principles that rule this blog

Principles that will govern my thoughts as I express them here (from my opening statement):

  • Freedom of the individual should be as total as possible, limited only by the fact that nobody should be free to cause physical injury to another, or to deprive another person of his freedoms.
  • Government is necessary primarily to provide those services that private enterprise won't, or won't at a price that people can afford.
  • No person has a right to have his own beliefs on religious, moral, political, or other controversial issues imposed on others who do not share those beliefs.

I believe that Abraham Lincoln expressed it very well:

“The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do, at all, or cannot
so well do, for themselves — in their separate, individual capacities.”

Comments will be invited, and I will attempt to reply to any comments that are offered in a serious and non-abusive manner. However, I will not tolerate abusive or profane language (my reasoning is that this is my blog, and so I can control it; I wouldn't interfere with your using such language on your own!)

If anyone finds an opinion that I express to be contrary to my principles, they are welcome to point this out. I hope that I can make a rational case for my comments. Because, in fact, one label I'll happily accept is rationalist.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Obama's economy

At a fundraiser, President Barack Obama accused Gov. Mitt Romney of running a campaign with no message, doing nothing but casting blame on the president for the economy:

“The challenge is because folks are still hurting right now, the other side feels that it’s enough for them to just sit back and say, ‘Things aren’t as good as they should be and it’s Obama’s fault,’” the president said at a fundraiser at a private residence in Maryland. “And you can pretty much put their campaign on, on a tweet and have some characters to spare.”

Well, Mr. President, that is a message. The point is that you have been President for three years and some months, and you had a Democratic Congress for the first two years of that period, and the economy is not so great. What you keep trying to do is divert the American public from the terrible economic situation because you know that if (to quote a campaign strategist for the Democrats in 1992) “it's the economy, stupid,” you cannot win this election. The reason Mitt Romney and the Republicans are saying “Things aren’t as good as they should be and it’s Obama’s fault,” is that things aren’t as good as they should be and it is Obama’s fault.

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