Lexi on the issues:
These are my general opinions on the current issues, in alphabetical order. Be prepared for a wall of text, this is not short. Abortion- A woman should be able to have control over her body. I believe that before the end of the first trimester, women should be free to have an abortion. However, past the first trimester, it is wrong to have an abortion because the second trimester is when I believe life truly begins. Exceptions can be made in the case of rape, or if the mother or the child would not make it through a pregnancy to full term. I’m also going to put my opinions on Birth Control under abortion- A woman should always have access to birth control, regardless of religion. Whether or not she uses it is up to her.
Budget & Economy-I am the last person to comment on the current budget or the economy. I barely know what the DOW does, let alone how the economy works. However, I am not a fan of taxing the rich for a very simple reason- The rich create jobs here in the US, their mere presence brings in a whole lot of tax money for the government and a whole bunch of stimulus for the economy. Continue to tax them and they will get up and leave. Think of it this way- If Burger King and McDonald’s charged the same for their burgers, but Burger King decided to tax their burgers 28%. A five dollar burger from both companies would become a $6.40 burger from Burger King, while the McDonald’s burger stayed the same. If you were trying to cut costs, which company would you go for? My answer would be McDonald’s, because it’s cheaper and just as accessible as Burger King. To apply this to the real world, switch out Burger King with the US and McDonald’s with India or China or Japan. Same concept. Except that the rich are taxed much, much more. A CEO’s average salary is $732,317. 2012 Tax brackets for that income is 35%. Their income taxes? Are $256,310.95. A year. That money goes straight to the US government to pay for welfare, police officers, roads and schools. It is a good idea to keep taxes on the rich down because if they leave, instead of getting your 40% of $732,317 ($292,926.80), you’ll be getting $0.
Civil Rights (Read- Gay Rights)- “All men are created equal. They are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." That is my stance on Civil Rights. You have the right to be free, you have the right to your own life, and you have the right to be happy and to do what it takes to make yourself happy, baring that your freedom, life and happiness do not infringe on the freedom, life and general happiness of others. On the subject of Gay Marriage, I ask this question- Who has the right to get married in the United States? My answer- no one. It says nowhere in the constitution of the United States that anyone, homo-, hetero-, demi-, a-sexual or otherwise has the right to get married. Marriage is a social institution. It is something society has control over. You want to convince people Gays can get married and the world won’t end? Convince society first. Going through the legal system is not going to change jack squat.
Corporations- Will always exist. There’s no stopping that. Corporations exist to make profit. They do it well. It is the job of government to protect the common man from corporations. There is a limit, of course, to the protections government can provide. If you trip and fall while playing and skin your knees, is that pain your fault, or your mother’s?
Crime- Is bad, m’kay? I’m sure everyone can agree on that. However, California has a bad habit of being WAY too soft on criminals. There’d be a lot less crime if California was as hard on crime as Texas.
The Death Penalty- Should go under crime, but I’m going to make it it’s own category. The death penalty is the cheaper option for most states. There will always be the chance that an innocent man dies, there is always the chance that an innocent man is incarcerated. However- it is cheaper to kill someone than it is to put them away for the rest of their lives. Contrary to popular belief, though, California does not have a Death Penalty. It has an assisted suicide program.
Drugs- Are also bad, m’kay? However, it is your right to take them if you so choose. “Pursuit of happiness," remember? If you’re happy getting high, go for it. If you’re happy being drunk, go for it. However, please don’t do it near me. I don’t like being either, and I’d rather stay sober.
Education-Is the most important part of childhood and development and in this country our education system is sorely lacking. Particularly the Public Education system. I have gone to both public and private schools over my life, and I must say that despite my private schools being catholic school the pits, I learned twice as much in half the time in private school than I did public.
Energy & Oil- Oh boy. Here goes- Oil runs this economy. There’s no getting around this one; it does. The production, refining, distribution, trade, sale and usage of Crude Oil is what is keeping the US economy running right now. There is no ifs or buts about it. Now, currently scientists are trying to find a way to break the US of it’s foreign oil/oil dependency. Their alternative energy sources are rubbish. So far, the major “green" energy sources are Solar power, Wind turbines, and biofuels. Solar power is the only seriously viable option in that list, and it’s barely that. The average household in the US consumes 958 thousand watts per month (Or 958KWH). The average solar panel output is 200 W per day per panel. It would require 160 panels consistently putting out 200 w per day to power the average American household. The average price for a solar panel is $1.90 per watt per panel (number found by averaging prices on this page). $1.90x(200w)x160 Panels= $60,800 per average household to provide it with solar panels alone. This is not including the price of batteries or installation, or tax or credits. Hence, with current technology, Solar power is not a viable option for the average American household. As for Wind power, “Recent estimates of the number of birds killed by wind turbines ranges from a low of 100,000 birds/year to 440,000 birds/year (calculated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). If 20% of the nation’s electricity comes from wind power by 2030, [American Bird Conservancy] estimates that at least one million birds per year will be killed by wind turbines, probably significantly more." (source) Finally, Biofuels. Which should be outlawed by the UN as a crime against humanity. Why? Because the mass production of biofuels, particularly ethanol made from food products such as corn or sugar cane, would tie together the production of food for people and food for fuel. Due to the cyclical nature of food production, there would be periods of both feast and famine; if economic cycles of boom and recession became desychronized with the feast/famine cycle, it would create catastrophic consequences at both extremes. The greater the desynchronization, the greater the catastrophe. There would be periods of time where the price of food would be higher than gold, and periods where the price of food is cheaper than free.
Environment- Oy. Protect it. It’s kinda the only one we’ve got. It’s also the only one with chocolate. I happen to like living on a planet with chocolate. Yes, I believe climate change is a thing. Not just global warming but climate change as a whole is most definitely a problem. However, I do not believe in man-made global warming.
Foreign Policy- Is much too complicated to get into with in this post- I’ll be making another one specifically about foreign policy later.
Gun Control- I have one opinion and one opinion only on gun control and it is this: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." We need a little historical context on this particular amendment of the Constitution. These amendments were written in 1789. The American Revolutionary War had only ended six years earlier. This war was fought with gun owners picking up their firearms and fighting against the British. Thing was, back in those days gun owners (e.g.: farmers, frontiersmen) owned and knew how to use the same types of weapons as were given to the military. This amendment was written so that citizens would have access to and knowledge of military-level firearms so that if their government decided to try and oppress its citizens, the people would have the ability to fight back. Is that obtainable in this day and age? No. Our Founding Fathers were not psychic and had no idea how far firearms would come from lead musket balls and powder horns. However, Gun control legislation should be left to those who actually know how to use firearms properly and safely. And for the love of god, if you don’t know what the difference is between a magazine and a clip, you’re not eligible to make gun control legislation. (I’m looking at you, Feinstein) Do I own a firearm myself? No. I plan on rectifying this shortly.
Health Care- Privatize it. Why? Better quality health care. I’m not talking solely insurance here- I’m talking health care as a whole. Privatized health care is a lot more liable for its failings than government-sponsored. It’s better self-regulated. Don’t like it? Move to Canada, where people can get CAT scans from veterinary clinics faster than they can through socialized medicine. [source] Immigration- There are legal ways of getting into this country. My father has a permanent green card and lives and works in the United States despite being a citizen of Australia. His brother, my uncle, who was also born in Australia, is now a US Citizen. Because he went through the legal channels to get that citizenship. Illegal immigrants are called illegal for a reason. Because they are not in this country legally. Because they are taking away jobs from American citizens on American soil. They are breaking. the. law.
Technology- Tech is an ever-evolving industry. Government cannot keep up. By the time congress ever passes any laws regarding Tech, that same tech has long surpassed and invalidated any laws, making them just as obsolete as the tech they were trying to legislate. The internet is a free domain. No one, not the government, not ISPs, not the MPAA should be able to regulate it. (And good luck trying, says I. The internet is full of some damn smart people. They’ll find ways around your regulations faster than you can say “oops.") Over the course of this blog I will likely be changing these opinions as new information, technology, and developments arise. I am always happy to debate these points as well, so long as we are both civil and mature about it.