by John Dean*
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." - Dalai Lama
"I don't buy that selfishness is always good. That doesn't fit the way the world works." - Paul Krugman
"Theory is when you know something, but it doesn't work. Practice is when something works, but you don't know why. Programmers combine theory and practice: Nothing works and they don't know why." - Author Unknown
Fairness in Taxation
To be fair, shouldn't a poor young person (prior to working age) receive the same quality of benefits as a wealthy young person? To ensure the same quality day-care, health care, and education up through college, such things would have to be free. The sticking point is getting wealthy people to pay for poor young people's benefits via taxes. Such payment might not be fair to wealthy people, but it is fair to poor young people. Who needs the fairness more?
It is generally agreed that money is a primary cause of political corruption. Politicians can be unduly influenced by those who donate large sums to their campaigns and those who promise lucrative lobbyist positions upon retirement. To help reduce the influence of money in politics, why not (1) require public campaign financing with free television advertising subsidized by the networks, and (2) outlaw all monetary ties between politicians and corporate lobbyists?
For a thought-provoking editorial about money in politics, check out Steven Van Zandt's There Is Only One Issue In America. To see a relevant clip from the Daily Show, click Lawrence Lessig interview. To get involved, go to the Move to Amend website.
Why does America spend approximately $625 billion a year on defense? China spends roughly $100 billion a year, Russia $70 billion, Iran $8 billion, and North Korea $7 billion. Couldn't some of America's defense money go to things like education, health care, and paying off the national debt? This video explains the budget using Oreo cookies.
Capitalism works OK for many things, but not for health care insurance. If you're interested in my thoughts on health insurance reform (and who wouldn't be?), click here.
Lastly, hear my thoughts on a national energy policy.
*These statements are the individual viewpoints of John Dean, and do not represent the views or positions of Park University as a whole or any of its subsidiaries, or any other Park University faculty members, employees, trustees or students.