I only seem conservative here because the crowd is excessively liberal. Among conservatives I am seen as a very liberal person. The closest thing to my political beliefs in the modern day is Libertarians but I hate that party, so I'll just stick with being a Democratic Republican. Liberals hate the Federal government but want it to run everything, conservatives love the Federal government but don't want it to run anything. I hate the Federal government and don't want it to run anything lol
I believe in transparency but I don't believe in the idea that nothing is secret.
I believe in 'right sizing' .. down sizing is not a cure all. We had FIVE major domestic airlines plus PanAM in the 70s before 'deregulation' let wolves like Frank Lorenzo completely loot pillage and burn a vital industry. Not ONE of those companies is the same company that it was before deregulation. I would go far to say that the names were bought by others. Who benefited. The Airlines? Not really, I suspect a lot of the changes they were still reeling from 20 years after the blood letting of the 80s is what nearly KILLED them after 9/11.
The repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act by Nancy Pelosi AND Newt Gingrich led directly to a rabid feeding frenzy as the legal firewall between investment and commercial banks dropped. That led to massive, and ill considered, mergers and the centralization of a LOT of our banking industry. Add in Cronyism that let the toxic mortgage bonds being passed around wall street for several YEARS before the hot potato finally dropped out and killed the housing market. Even now, with everyone admitting there was fraud..there is no charges, fines or a single conspirator charged. FYI.. both Pelosi and Gingrich have admitted it was a mistake.
All the rampant deregulation and 'downsizing' have done is empower the crony network into milking the markets and government for all they are worth. Bonuses increased, profits up, and fuck the common tax payer. Gordon Gecko rules wallstreet. Business Ethics is a joke. I'm sure that Mark Twain would much more pithy and blunt statements to the corruption.
Capitalism is a good system..so long as everyone has the same chance and plays by the same rules. Which we're not doing anymore.
Add in such lovely decisions as Citizen's United vs FEC overturning a century of campaign finance reform and we're totally screwed right now. If John Q. Public doesn't speak what happens next. Some of the more conservative right seen no problem with muzzling unions, talk about disbanding the department of labor and/or OSHA. 'Downsizing bloated government' is their claim.
I've done a LOT of physical labor in service and my family has connections to the history of labor issues in places like the Kentucky Miners.. the textile industry and other spots. I grew up seeing people who had missing fingers, limbs because safety was 'secondary' to the bottom line. Right now I see 'downsizing' government as an attempt to roll back a century of safety regulations for workers AND consumers.
Do you know it's ILLEGAL to speak out against the meatpacking industry in some states? By following these laws, John Updike would have been SUED for truthfully telling his findings in The Jungle.
Too many of the GOP and Libertarian parties see 'downsizing' as good without considering it. I got a wallflower's view of the GOP's actions on the state level when my older brother, a much more conservative man, ran for state office. As far as I can tell he, in the party leadership eyes anyway, had two sins. He was willing to think for himself, and he wasn't 'their boy'. He was the younger generation and the leaders like staying where they are. We got an older generation of leaders who have run the parties on various levels who don't want to give up. THAT is why social conservatism is on the upswing and the Tea Party idiots were willng to sell themselves to get into office.
What does this have to do with the right to protest? More and more I see the right to assemble, protest and air one's greivances more and more curtailed. While the ability to make the average person's dollar means less and less in the light of UNLIMITED corporate 'persons' being able to spend with little or no regulation or oversight.
You might not realize it.. but the GOP Primary saw more money being spent than the ENTIRE 2000 election. Primaries AND election. And the majority of that money came from something like 60 people in the country. We're talking around 70% of the finances and an even larger segment of the SuperPACs funds.
We're being bought, thanks to the Supreme Court, and our ways to speak out matter less and less as more and more rules are enacted. I find it a bit ironic that the same venues and outlets the Tea Party used in 08 are now being closed off, regulated and restricted by the same people the Tea Party supported into office.
If one side can speak out.. the other should be allowed as well.