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, September 13, 2012

I guess I have to gloat

In Chicago, there's a teacher's strike. The teacher's union, one of the biggest mainstays of the Democratic Party, is striking, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel — a rabid Democratic partisan, who was once President Obama's chief of staff — is the one trying to put them down. A Democratic chief executive acting like Scott Walker? Who'd have thought it? But the Democrats have given Chicago's teachers one of the sweetest deals in the country — a 6 hour work day for 9 months of the year, with new teachers just out of college starting at $50,000 and more senior teachers making six figures! And Mayor Emanuel has come to the conclusion that Chicago simply can't afford that.

I guess I have to gloat. Whoever wins this fight, the Democrats lose. If Mayor Emanuel wins, the teachers' unions will be less inclined to put out for the party; and if the union wins, the total lack of fiscal responsibility of the Democrats will be there for everyone to see.

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