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.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It keeps looking better for the GOP

More and more, polls make it likely that, when the elections are over this November, the Republicans will enlarge their majority in the House of Representatives and take over the Senate. This is a good thing. Even though President Obama will still be able to veto any legislation (including Obamacare repeal) he will not be able to make any moves that require Congressional approval, or fill vacancies that require Senate confirmation, unless he can somehow make concessions to the GOP. He seems pathologically unable to do the latter, so we can look forward to two years of gridlock. But that's better than two years of Obama getting his way!

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