This blog,originally founded by Blogger, who is listed in Marquis Who's Who and is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. He holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Great Debates


I felt the today’s Sunday morning talk shows laid out the issues clearly that we will be debating over the next few months: As to the core issue, Meet the Press David Gregory asked:

David Brooks, you have been thinking about this a lot and you wrote this in your column on Friday: In the first year of the Obama administration, the Democrats, either wittingly or unwittingly, decided to put the big government-versus-small government debate at the center of American life. How's that playing out?

MR. BROOKS: Not well, I don't think. I don't think it's good for the country. You know, we had a bitterly divisive culture war for a bunch of years, then we had a bitterly divisive debate about Iraq. And I think a lot of people, including President Obama, were hoping we could get to other debates about opportunity, about productivity, about fiscal problems. And that will--those would have been debates which would have structured some bipartisan cooperation. But for whatever reason, we fall into a big government vs. small government debate. And this is like a social script that puts all the Republicans on the anti-government mode, very polarized; strengthens the libertarian, more polarized part of that party; puts the Democrats on a more "let's use government to do this and that" mode. And so you get this intense polarization which we've seen over the past year. It also tends to help Republicans, by the way. But it's created, not only an end to the polarization, but it's magnified it, I think.

The next issue will be the major debate on immigration which some expect to be more divisive and acrimonious than even health care. It was Paul Krugman on ABC that laid out the problem. He explained how immigration will reveal not only the abyss between the two parties, but fissures within each party. Democrats want the Hispanic vote, but the Hispanics take jobs from their other constituency, the labor unions.

On the Republican side, Republicans do not want our culture overrun by aliens, especially when they have already revealed a blatant disrespect for our wishes and our laws. On the other hand the business members of the Republican party want the cheap labor.

31 comments:

Blogger said...

I like this post. As you have heard me say before, my life's motto has been one I saw in a doughnut shop as a kid: "As you travel through life brother, whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the doughnut and not upon the hole."

Blogger said...

If there is any good thing Obama has done for this country, it is to make issues clearly black and white. Americans were somnambulant. No more. Obama jerked them awake. Let’s hope it was in time.

Johnny Rico said...

Yes, Hussein Obama is a means to an end. Through his stupidity, and the stupidity of other liberal socialists (POV), the goal of conservatives is to take our country back and right the ship so to speak. I think of it that we are exploiting the inherent weaknesses of the fringe left to shape this country in the image our forefathers wanted. This is excellant in that we will be able to politically displace ALL those have not done their duty as our elected officials. Both sides need new blood, and I think because of Obama's damaging policy that this is the time to do it.

People are mad at RINO Republicans for doing such as bad job as to allow a Hussein Obama and his minions to do more than "community organizing". Wack jobs like Liberal Socialist POV are currently in charge of giving our country away.

November is coming!!!!!!

Johnny Rico

Johnny Rico said...

Any liberal socialists want a pounding on this fine spring evening? I was a bit bored with pounding liberals on Yahoo, and I was hoping Liberal Socialist Lemming POV would be around to be on the recieving end of another bulldozing session. Socialist POV, maybe I should change my name from Rico to D9. Do you know what a D9 is? LOL!! A D9 is a giant bulldozer that pushes things around into little piles of rubble. Starting to see the symbolism here? LOL!!

Next time I doze you into a little pile of liberal dust, remember that your own stupidity and insolence caused it. You obviously didn't have any discipline in your pathetic childhood, but you are getting it here!! Everything is done for a purpose, and perhaps you will be able to socialize yourself into a productive member of society as opposed to the teat sucking, entitlement oriented liberal sheep of an amoeboid Troglydyte that you are now. LOL!!

Your ole pal

Johnny Rico

PS Time to come out and playyyyyyyyyy!!!!!

Blogger said...

According to Drudge today, Obama has defined his coalition as: "young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women." Politics of race and gender. How many more divisions in America does he want to make.

Liberal POV said...

Blogger

"According to Drudge today, Obama has defined his coalition as: "young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women." Politics of race and gender. How many more divisions in America does he want to make."

He can add old liberals like me.

Sarkazein said...

Old,I guess is now a race or gender. Who knew?

Liberal POV said...

Sark

At what age did you become a grumpy old man? 18?

I think I will start calling you Sunshine.

How is that Drill Baby Drill thing working out for your property values now? Think we should consider using less oil?

Anonymous said...

Sark

I do hope the gulf coast is spared from the oil spill.

Sarkazein said...

A'mous-

We've had them before, we'll have them again. Some of it comes up naturally. I HOPE you have heating oil and gasoline next winter.

Sarkazein said...

POV- Do your share you Sting-like hypocrite, don't use any.

Sarkazein said...

Oh POV, nice concern about the 11 dead you heartless commie.

Johnny R9 Rico said...

Liberal Socialist Sheep POV,

Looks like the D9 made a mark! Whenever you go silent, it is because your moral foundations are in severe question. Tell me, as a Vietnam Vet (yeah right), what do you think of the thousands of American POWs left behind? This ought to be interesting.

Your ole pal

D9 Rico

Liberal POV said...

Sark

You seem to know a lot more about Sting then I do.

I do know he is extremely wealthy and uses that wealth to try to make the world better.

Doesn't Sting live in one of the "socialism countries with universal health care?

Liberal POV said...

Johnny

How old were you during Vietnam?
Do you know about brave men like Hugh Thompson?

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5133444

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1906579&ps=rs

What do you think the Vietnam war was about?

I never knew.

Liberal POV said...

HD

Are you following the HBO series "Treme"?

Its over the top good with terrific writing and lots of musician playing themselves. I think you would like.

Johnny Rico said...

Liberal socialist sheep POv fluffer,

Good job on answering my question on Vietnam. Do you always off line and ask repeat questions to get out of a tough question. You knew where I was going with the POW question and how liberals killed those POWs. LOL!! Exactly how many returning Vietnam Vets did you spit on? 10, 100, more? Also, are you a pedophile or do you simply support pedophiles (ACORN) as they seek to put children to work as prosititues. Please enlighten us on that one.

This ought to be interesting.

LOL

Your ole pal

Johnny Rico

PS I won

Oatz said...

Um I wonder if Liberal POV will make any apologies to the Grumpy old men like me ;)


The New York Times reported:

When major companies declared that a provision of the new health care law would hurt earnings, Democrats were skeptical. But after investigating, House Democrats have concluded that the companies were right to tell investors and the government about the expected adverse effects of the law on their financial results…

In a memorandum summarizing its investigation, the Democratic staff of the committee said, “The companies acted properly and in accordance with accounting standards in submitting filings to the S.E.C. in March and April.”

This report was sat on for weeks after the vote. I wonder if criminal investigations are warranted? Who knew what and when then voted anyway.

BikerBard said...

Liberal POV:
Much humor here. Radical extremest REEK-O is now 11 years old. He missed VietNam entirely. And Oatz is already dead -he just never was told. LOL!

Liberal POV said...

BikerBard

These guys armed with the knowledge of Fox news Rush, Texas history books and conservative myths.

Examples of conservative logic is most of the Tea Party Mob is made up of medicare recipents not wanting a government run health care system.

These are freedom lovers wanting a police state like Arizona.

Oatz said...

Wow is that the smell of two stroke engine oil? Has BikerBard fired up the likkercycle and pontificated another insightful reasoned response? Naw,its just another drive by personal attack with zero substance coupled with the sound of a orange flag waving in the wind and the squeak a milk crate full of Mad magazines bungeed on the front of a likkercycle. PHAFFFFT PHAFFFT rev her up BikerBard wrap speed is needed to pull up Deck Hill!

Oatz said...

Peter Schiff, president of Euro Pacific Capital, announced today that the US economy is in worse shape than it was in 2008. Schiff said, “You can’t have an economy based on spending borrowed money. You can’t consume your way to wealth.”

Sarkazein said...

Are Big Wheels two cycle?

oatz said...

Ah Big Wheels two pedals of kid FUN!

Sarkazein said...

May Day occurs on May 1 and refers to several public holidays.[1] In many countries, May Day is synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, a day of political demonstrations and celebrations organised by the unions, anarchist, and socialist groups. May Day is also a traditional holiday in many cultures.///

The illegals choose May Day to protest our free country.
If you are going to allow people to come in over the southern border and give them amnesty, is it justice that others must carry a Green Card (papers) for 24 hours a day or risk being deported.
The southern border is illegally crossed by more socialists and anarchists. This is why the Democrats don't want to stop them. All the comrades will be marching on May Day. I am pretty sure it will only strengthen my resolve to be shed of them.

Liberal POV said...

Sunshine ( Sark )

What were you trying to say in your last post?

Workers should have reduced citizenship rights to business owners?

May Day is not your favorite Holiday?

You support Americans losing the freedom to move about freely by requiring all Americans to carry proof of citizenship?

Is should be illegal to be socialist in America?

guy faulkes said...

Illegal aliens do not have the freedom to move about in this country. They should not be in this country in the first place. When caught they should be deported. Then they can move about in whatever country from which they came.

I know you like the idea of having underage illegal alien girls working in houses of prostitution, but maybe you could go to some other country to engage in your depravity.

Liberal POV said...

Guy

Tell us what an Illegal alien looks like? Please decribe in detail.

What age are the likely to be?

Should teachers report kids who are undocumented, nurses, doctors, local police, social workers, neighbors?

You want a police state like the former East Germany?

I don't think I would like living in Guyland, Palinville or Oatzstown.

guy faulkes said...

Tell us what an Illegal alien looks like? Please decribe in detail. They look like every one else. That is why they are so hard to catch once they are inside the country. However they can be caught when stopped for investigation of other crimes.

What age are the likely to be? All ages. Who cares?

Should teachers report kids who are undocumented, nurses, doctors, local police, social workers, neighbors? Certainly they should as they should report any criminal.

You want a police state like the former East Germany? No, no one has proposed one. Why do you want to live in Sodom or Gomorrah as per your pedophile tendencies?

I do not think you like living in the United States as you support terrorists, terrorism, and pedophiles.

Now answer the gun questions.

Liberal POV said...

Gun Nut Guy

"Now answer the gun questions."


Why? I don't care how it opporates, I care about the intent and why it was designed and the mind set of the person that would purchase such a weapon.

Most of those with a gun fetish are harmless people needing to buy self esteem to compensate for short coming in their personal life.

There is that group of gun fetish extremist that can be dangerous.

guy faulkes said...

Liberalproverbs18:2

You have proven no one need pay any attention to your posts. You make statements you will not back up. Therefore anything you post is irrelevant as it is meaningless. You have admitted to being a waste of space.