Impolite Dinner Conversation stresses the need to discuss the topics we tend to avoid: politics, religion, war, economy, taxes, energy, unemployment, education, health care, abortion, immigration, environment, racism, and other issues that cause our blood pressure to rise. Americans can no longer keep quiet and tiptoe around these issues. A rational dialogue is needed…and the sooner, the better. Today we are facing the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression, we are at war, and solutions to these problems will impact our country for years to come. My concerns are so great that I feel compelled to speak out. This blog is an attempt to bring people together, to help us understand the issues, and to jointly develop solutions that we can all support. There is a better way to solve economic and social problems. Why are we bound to a particular government solution just because our political party supports it? No matter what party is in power, members of Congress craft all tax laws, and all regulations under the influence of special interests. We, the people, need to become THE SPECIAL INTEREST.
You need to get involved without shouting me down, and I promise to listen to you.
A common mistake that some of us make when we discuss volatile issues is the false assumption that the other person doesn’t care. Just because the other person proposes a different approach to solving the problem, doesn’t mean that he doesn’t care as much as you do. Like many of you, I am worried about the future of America. Freedom is eroding every day. I don’t like the direction our country is going in, and am frustrated by both political parties.
I am tired of all the negative political campaigning, and am disgusted with political attempts to polarize and divide.
After some of the so-called political solutions to the economic crisis, I’m convinced that politicians don’t have a clue about the economy; how jobs are created; who creates jobs; how government action influences job creation; the importance of job creation on economic prosperity.
Most of us want the same things. We want our country to be free. We want all our children to grow up in a safe environment. We want a quality education for all. We want to end poverty. We want a legal system that is truly fair and just. We want a clean environment. We want well paying, stimulating jobs for all workers. We want our streets to be safe from criminals and predators. We want to be protected from foreign and domestic aggression. We want excellent health care for all, at an affordable price. We want citizens to be self-reliant and capable. We want citizens to accept personal responsibility for their actions. We want everyone to pay his or her fair share of taxes. We want an energy policy that ends our dependence on foreign oil, provides multiple sources of energy supply at low cost, and protects the environment. We want good government, efficient and free of corruption.
We can achieve these goals if we are very careful as we consider candidates running for political office. My ideal candidate would have the following qualifications:
– A great communicator and inspirational leader.
– A positive attitude, a sense of humor, and an ability to laugh at himself/herself.
– A willingness to do the unpopular by placing the needs of the country ahead of the needs of his party.
– A history of listening to opposing views, learning new ways to accomplish goals, and changing when facts and reason prove the need.
– An understanding of the impact of taxes and regulations on economic prosperity, and job creation.
– A commitment to select colleagues, and subordinates based on ability, and experience rather than political affiliation.
– A fierce determination to cut waste, and improve efficiency.
– An ongoing process to measure government spending programs using cost-benefit analysis with the goal to change/eliminate the program if costs are greater than benefits.
– A motivation to preserve and enhance freedom.
– A compassion for those in need.
– A knowledge of economic history, including the ability to understand the failures, and successes of government action and inaction.
As we think about candidates, we should consider what we want government to be. Too many people misunderstand a free government’s fundamental purpose. They should read the preamble to the CONSTITUTION of the United States, where it is clearly stated: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Note that it says, “promote the general Welfare”, not provide the general welfare; and it says, “general Welfare”, not specific welfare to one party, or a favorite of any politician.
For decades, under both political parties, we have strayed from the principles of free government as enumerated in the Constitution. Some of our most serious economic and social problems are urgent, getting worse, and government policies, no matter how noble, are not working.