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One major difference between socialism and capitalism is the financial role of government in the private sector. President Obama said in a press conference on science today, “I believe it is not in our character, American character, to follow — but to lead. And it is time for us to lead once again. I am here today to set this goal: we will devote more than 3 percent of our GDP to research and development.” But has it been the government who has lead in technology?  Getty, Goddard, Ford, Jobs, Gates, and many others made incredible advances without being on the government payroll.
This is the American character. Pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps and being reliant on the ingenuity of our citizens and not our government is what has made America great. If we are to continue to be great, the government needs to get out of the way, not stand in the middle of it. If President Obama wnats to stimulate scientific research, he should cut taxes on private companies who do scientific research and allow the market to drive new technology, not raise taxes so that he can finance his projects.


Take Your Team Seriously!

Save $1.67 – that’s an order

President Obama has “ordered” his cabinet members to save a total of $100 million.  With a budget proposal for 2010 of $3.6 trillion, that would be equivelent to my family saving $1.67 this year.  That is tough budgeting!  I think I will skip buying a couple of cans of Moutain Dew this week so that I will match the percentage savings of the entire presidential cabinet.  If the government can make tough choices, I can too.

Miss USA Pageant Anti-Tolerant

I hear the prefix ‘anti’ all the time when it comes to conservatives.  They are anti-abortion, anti-homosexual, anti-socialist, and lately anti-government to name a few.  This tactic makes those who hold to a set of values appear as villainous hate mongers.  I think the tables should be turned and the liberals should be seen as the generators of fear, hate, and division they really are.  It is time liberals take the term anti-tolerant to be their own.

Tolerance is the acceptance of people despite their views.  Anti-tolerance, therefore, is not accepting the worthiness of a person because they do not agree with a given viewpoint.  Conservatives are often attacked for being ‘intolerant’ of people, but the continual stream of anti-tolerant rhetoric and behavior from the political left is currently the most divisive component of American culture.

At the Miss USA pageant on Sunday, Miss California, Carrie Prejean, was asked if more states should legalize homosexual marriages as Vermont just did.  Her answer: “I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman,” she said on the live broadcast. “No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”  The judge asking the question was famous homosexual Perez Hilton.  On his blog he recorded and anti-tolerant message veiled as an attack on her intellect.  Keith Lewis, a co-director of the Miss California pageant said, “I am personally … hurt that Miss California believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman.”  Miss Prejean takes a moral stand, and liberals make anti-tolerant attacks because she does not agree with their views.

Should Miss Prejean have won instead of being 1st runner-up?  Don’t ask me, I don’t think these pageants are very healthy for society.  However, this type anti-tolerant behavior is worse.  In our country, agree or disagree, we should fight for the right of individuals to freely and truthfully speak their mind (inside of not causing riots and the like).  The political left, though, does not think this way.  They are anti-tolerant.