Politics / Ethics

This section contains miscellaneous political or ethical issues that have had some light shown on them.  Left, right, or in the middle...every persuasion will have its opportunity here. Again, there is no specific endorsement by these links appearing here.  This is for informational purposes only. One may ask what this has to do with healing...well, as Steve Forbes in Forbes Magazine put it, "With all thy getting, get understanding," and through that, get rid of the pit in your stomach or the darkness in your thoughts.

At this writing (8/23/2003), the webmaster truly believes that the polarized political forces are trying to seek common ground...at least the more mature individuals within those groups are trying.  This is encouraging, as there are bits and pieces of every platform that have significant merit.  It is when one is coerced or forced to digest that whole platform that trouble begins.

By all means, we should avoid putting the political compass on every issue that arises.  It immediately clogs the works with endless discussion and little forward movement.  No one can deny that the burden of regulation interpretation and enforcement and the overall intrusiveness and cost of government is out of control, yet there are those that continue to cling to the myth that government can solve the problem, when in fact, it has become the problem.

During a town hall meeting, today, a Democratic congressional member assailed the current administration's tax cut.  He repeated the Republican mantra or justification that if there is less money available, less will be spent...AND it seems to be working...as related to affecting his pet programs.  Hmmm...  Perhaps the old adages apply...It is not what you say, but how you say it...It is not what you do, but how you do it.

There are two types of people in this world; Liberals and Conservatives.
Liberals are liberal with OUR money and want to treat us like sheep.
Conservatives are liberal with OUR money, but just may allow us to be shepherds.
GEA 10/15/00
 
Money is the lubricant of life (A flash of inspiration after reading a phrase, "Money isn't everything, but it is way ahead of whatever's second.")
GEA c.1964
 
cui bono
A Roman c.200
 
With clocks running at jet speed and the to-do list out of control, there is one great advantage to getting up in years... the clarity with which one views the perversity of life.
GEA 2/22/04
 
Books
 
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Cato Handbook for Congress
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Deliver Us From Evil by Sean Hannity
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Give Me A Break by John Stossel
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For the "there oughta be a law" set.
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Let Freedom Ring by Sean Hannity
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Letters to a Young Conservative by Dinesh D'Souza
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Shut Up & Sing by Laura Ingraham
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The Bible by various authors, inspired by God
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The Conspiracy of Ignorance by Martin L. Gross
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The Enemy Within by Michael Savage
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The Savage Nation by Michael Savage
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Strong language (medicine) to wake up the "sheeple"
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The Teachers Unions by Myron Lieberman
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How the NEA and AFT Sabotage Reform and Hold Students, Parents, Teachers and Taxpayers Hostage to Bureaucracy
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The Vision of the Anointed by Thomas Sowell
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An excellent book to help you decode and fight back against "liberal or progressive speak".  Not an easy read, however.
 
Links
 
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9/11
bulletArticles on the Current Social State of Britain
bulletThe New Criterion - Sep 2005
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Black Box Voting - Ballot Tampering In The 21st Century (PDF Format)
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Geography Experts - Video Clip
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Capital crimes, Capitol cronies
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Circles Of Freedom by Gary E. Ashford
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Circles Of Influence by Gary E. Ashford
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George Soros' Coup (PDF Format) (Large scanned file - 9.6 Meg)
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Indian Casinos (PDF Format)
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Judicial Activism Reconsidered by Thomas Sowell (PDF Format)
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Kafar Bir'em is waiting for justice
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A Christian Palestinian View
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Making Government Accountable: Reform Lessons from New Zealand
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By The Honorable Maurice McTigue, Courtesy Mercatus Center, George Mason University
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The Speech
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Questions & Answers
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My, How Things Have Changed! 56K Brdbnd (Real Video)
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A WW 2 Recruiting Film
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Oligopoly, Inc. Concentration in Corporate power:2003 (PDF Format)
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The Constitution of the United States of America
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The Declaration of Independence
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The Sedition Acts
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The Wal-Mart Effect
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Trial Lawyers, Inc. - The Real Effect Of Tort
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Annual Report
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USA Patriot Act as passed by Congress (PDF Format)
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Determine if our freedom has been constrained
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Videogame Industry Thwarts Plans to Keep Fare From Kids
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Voices of Liberty - CATO Institute - MP3 Format
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Ed Crane - The Spirit of America
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David Boaz - What's Changed Over the Last 25 Years
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Dinesh D'Souza - What's So Great About America?
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Milton Friedman - The Need for Educational Reform in America
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Catherine Crier - Reforming an Out-of-Control Legal System
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Larry Elder - Things You Can't Say in America
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P.J. O'Rourke - The Future of Libertarianism
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Tom Palmer - Why They Hate Us
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CATO Institute Overview
 
Provocative Questions:

  1. Should chemical companies own seed companies?
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    Should tobacco companies own food companies?
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    Do chemical companies pollute, and then sell the medicine to minimize the effects of that pollution?
  2. What would happen if "First World" countries (and "Second World"??) just left "Third World" countries alone?
  3. If the Democrats are the "Tax and Spend" party and the Republicans are the "Borrow and Spend" party, what is the "Lower Taxes and Lower Spending" party?
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    If the Democrats are the party for rich individuals and the Republicans are the party for rich corporations, what is the party for the rest of us?
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    BTW, what is the definition of rich?
  4. Is the Democratic party the party of the people or the party for controlling the people?
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    Is the Republican party the party of limited government or the party of favors to large corporations?
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    Why can't there be a party of the people without it becoming socialistic or communistic?
  5. Didn't the old story go that we were to raise the lower rungs of society, not bring down the upper rungs?
  6. Why do all third parties have one or two items on their platform that totally turn off the rest of us, but have general appeal otherwise?
  7. If there is true separation of church and state, why do witchcraft and shamanism get through?
  8. Can intellectuals lead and/or make decisions?
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    Can elites lead and/or make decisions?
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    What is an elite?
  9. Why did the cultural revolution in China go after both the moneyed and intellectual classes?
  10. Are common sense and intellect mutually exclusive human traits?
  11. Are free-will and pro-choice the same?
  12. Why can one person or special interest group over-rule the majority? (The tyranny of the minority?)
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    Is the nature of our government changing as a result?
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    Why is this happening?
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    If it continues, what will the outcome be?
  13. What happened to "blue laws"? (Closing businesses on Sunday.)
  14. How can we reconcile "what sells" with "what should be sold"?
  15. Does the legal profession have ethics or standards of behavior?
  16. What is a living wage?
  17. Why must both parents work outside the home to survive in today's economy?
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    Do we have to have two+ cell phones, cable TV, three cars, 3,000 sq. ft.+ homes, three phone lines, a cable modem, four TV's, ...?
  18. Why are certain groups so set on removing any control we have over our lives and how we raise our children?
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    How far have they progressed with their goal?
  19. Who will pay for all the lawsuits?
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    Who will defend those remaining to pay for the lawsuits?
  20. Why do corporations pander to both political parties?
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    Is this a new protection racket?
  21. Is socialism a means to an end or the end itself?
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    Why does socialism struggle to survive after so many failures?
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    Is socialism against human nature?
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    If socialism's ideal is government by the community, why does the power always concentrate into a manipulative and dictatorial few?
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    Why is socialism so bent on the control of others and on naked social engineering?
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    Is capitalism against human nature?
  22. Do the majority of liberal youth become conservative as they mature?
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    Why or Why not?
  23. What are the implications of globalization?
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    One law...one currency...unity or uniformity?
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    Is the United Nations useful?
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    Why does the U.S. pay about 1/3 of its support?
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    What is the value of sovereignty versus relinquishing sovereignty to the UN or EC?
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    Are there any parallels between a one-world government and the failed form of communism?
  24. Why is there almost an instinctive human drive to centralize versus decentralize processes?
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    What is good about centralization?
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    What is good about decentralization?
  25. Who or what is driving a 24X7 society?
  26. Is "He, who dies with the most toys, wins" a close interpretation of our society?
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    Is materialism a religion?
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    If so, how can its followers be identified?
  27. Will faith-based political initiatives properly channel resources?
  28. Is the religious right setting a good example?
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    Is there a religious left?
  29. Is it better to start over than to modify or adjust?
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    Is revolution ever justified?
  30. Why is people's tolerance so high for various forms of oppression?
  31. Is war ever justified?
  32. Will there ever be peace in the Middle East?
  33. What is the current state of the relationship between God and His chosen people?
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    Do His chosen people have to do anything to change or improve it?
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    Will such questions be labeled anti-Semitic, or will they be accepted in a loving spirit?
  34. Will politicians ever be of any value? (A biased question...sorry.)
  35. Will the EC fail?
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    Why or why not?
  36. What does the post-industrial economy mean in real terms?
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    Can an economy be based on information and knowledge?
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    Can information and knowledge be exported for a profit?
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    Do we need to make things in the US?
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    Similarly, do we need to design things in the US?
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    Will the US have anything to sell anybody in the future except raw material?
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    Who owns the US?
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    What is our net worth?
  37. What is the impact of postmodernism?
  38. If our kids are on Ritalin and we are on Prozac, who will do the work? (THX1138)
  39. Are people refusing to vote rather than just not voting?
  40. Should secular businesses acquire faith-based businesses?
  41. Does every issue have to be divided into liberal or conservative; left or right?
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    Can't there be a correct or proper response?
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    Does pro-business automatically fall on the right?  Why or why not?
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    Does pro-workers automatically fall on the left?  Why or why not?
  42. What effect does situational ethics have on children?
  43. If truth is relative, is all sin deniable?
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    What is sin?
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    Who determines what is sinful?
  44. Should a company be able to patent the effect of a medicine, as well as the formula?
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    If we cure ourselves, will we have to pay the company a royalty?
  45. Why is getting a law degree so desirable?
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    Why is becoming a medical doctor so undesirable?
  46. Who is entitled to anything?
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    Do we ever stop paying our dues?
  47. Are unions protecting workers or themselves?
  48. Do the lotteries meet the original objectives?
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    What would happen if lotteries were eliminated?
  49. Why is it so difficult or a taboo to talk about religion or politics?
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    Why are we supposed to avoid talking about religion, politics, or how to raise other people's kids?
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    Why does every meeting begin talking about the weather, traffic, or sports scores?
  50. Does big business know what to do?
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    Does small business know what to do?
  51. Should family farms go the way of the dinosaur?
  52. Is there a new economic system that can take the best that capitalism and socialism have to offer?
  53. Do we need all the services government provides?
  54. What would happen if we all paid 15-20% sales tax or flat tax instead of the current progressive system?
  55. Who benefits from mergers and acquisitions?
  56. Should we allow locally owned newspapers and broadcast stations to be absorbed by large corporations?
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    What happened to the rules of ownership on broadcast stations and newspapers?
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    Who does local news?
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    Is the view of the U.S. much different if you are outside the U.S., than when in the U.S.?
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    Does the media only sell what sells or do they supply information we need or should be aware of?
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    Does the media shelter Americans from a world view and the world's view of us?
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    What percentage of the time does the media sensationalize a story only to gain ratings or newspaper sales?
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    How can we gain a balanced view of the U.S. and the world?
  57. If people don't start voting in larger numbers, what will happen?
  58. How can we get quality people into public service?
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    Can we shelter them from unnecessary public ridicule?
  59. Why don't small companies become big companies anymore?
  60. Why do companies that don't make or design anything anymore charge so much for the products they sell?
  61. Do people need to be so busy?
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    Can others take advantage of this situation for their own purposes?
  62. Why does urban American all look the same not matter where you go?
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    How does this affect tourism?
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    Has trademark architecture turned against itself?
  63. How far away from the source should food items be allowed to be called "fresh"?
  64. Why has some free and truthful speech been reclassified as slander in the courts?
  65. Why does our legal system support the deep pockets phenomena?
  66. What positive things do teachers' unions do?
  67. What is the basis of separation of church and state?
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    Where may separation of church and state be found in the Constitution?
  68. Has freedom of speech been compromised at our institutions of higher learning?
  69. Is narrowly focused education or job definition better than broader learning and experience for today's economy?
  70. Do banks serve the communities they are in?
  71. Why don't holes in the road get fixed even with massive spending increases?
  72. Why didn't "None of the above!" make it to the ballot?
  73. Why are tolerant people so intolerant of intolerant people?
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    Is it OK to be intolerant?
  74. Why is executive pay scaled by corporate size and not by performance?
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    Does this tendency encourage futile merger and acquisition activity?
  75. Is it human nature to impose one's will on another?
  76. Is patriotism obsolete?
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    Is jingoism prevalent?
  77. Has Political Correctness (PC) infringed on first amendment rights?
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    What do thought police do?
  78. Who invented ADD?  Why?
  79. Who stands to gain by promoting the sex industry AND the abortion industry?
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    Are they the same people?
  80. Can diversity and unity coexist?
  81. Is economy-of-scale an illusion?
  82. What would happen if PACs and other types of lobbying groups were eliminated or outlawed?
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    Are PACs part of "institutionalized corruption"?
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    What is "institutionalized corruption"?
  83. Why don't 300 Series BMW's stop at stop signs?
  84. Why does arrogance rise with income?
  85. Is it a sin to be rich?
  86. Why do they hate us?
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    Are we INFIDELS?
  87. Are illegal aliens an issue?
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    Does legal immigration need to be constrained?
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    What happened to paper boys?
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    Why don't youth take entry level jobs anymore?
  88. Do we need more laws or regulations?
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    Is government the solution or the problem?
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    How much government in enough?
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    Do we need less freedom, i.e. is there too much freedom at present?
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    Do we need more freedom?
  89. What is the optimum pace of life for humans?
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    Has it been exceeded?
  90. Does evil exist?
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    Why or why not?
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    Who can define evil?
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    Is human nature basically good?  Why?
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    Is human nature basically evil?  Why?
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    Do people tolerate evil?  Why?
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    What level of evil will people tolerate?
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    Will anyone be allowed to contain or minimize evil?
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    Why are people so polarized on the issue of how to deal with evil?
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    Can one negotiate with evil entities?
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    Shall we give appeasement a chance?
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    What is the correct balance between emotion and logic when dealing with evil?
  91. What are we going to do with all the garbage?
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    Why do we invent more ways to create garbage rather than eliminate it?
  92. Can government plan longer than election cycles?
  93. Is bigger better?
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    Conversely, is small beautiful?
  94. When was the last time the government got something done or wasn't in political gridlock?
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    Can government be decentralized to keep tax dollars closer to home and decisions more relevant to local situations?
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    If incrementalism (in taxes, in government growth, etc.) continues in all areas of our lives unchecked, what will be the result?
  95. What is the difference between an economic parasite and an economic contributor?
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    Can you give examples of economic parasites? ...economic contributor?
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    At what level with parasitism overwhelm "contributionism"?
  96. Why don't THEY get it?
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    Who are THEY?
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    Are THEY brainwashed?
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    Are THEY regurgitating dogma?
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    Are THEY being taken advantage of or being manipulated?
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    Who is really behind THEM?
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    Why don't THEY answer questions directly?
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    Why are THEY so angry?
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    Why do THEY hate so much?
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    Are THEY anti-American?
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    Are THEY pro-American?
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    Do THEY support democracy?
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    What are THEIR objectives?
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    Are the objectives really THEIR objectives?
  97. What are people talking about on their mobile phones while driving?
  98. Why can't we all just get along?
  99. Why so many questions?
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    Why so little awareness of these questions or issues?
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    Who cares?
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    Why should we care?
 
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