Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Possible Solution to the "Federal Workers are Getting Rich Off of Our Tax Dollars" Post Below

Why not require all federal workers to have prior military service in order for them to be employed by the federal government? I am in favor of compulsory/mandatory service for all U. S. citizens, although I do not believe that military service should be the only type of service (e.g., AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, Delta Doctors, etc.). There are all sorts of humanitarian services that one could be a part of. We should be willing to repay our nation for the fact that we've enjoyed its freedoms. And the military veterans can be thanked for that.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Are Federal Workers Getting Rich Off of Our Tax Dollars?

Have you seen today's article in USA Today concerning the three-figure salaries many federal workers are getting? I've complained about federal workers before, and this is the sort of thing I was talking about.

In fact, as the USA Today article points out, federal worker's paychecks have increased (!) during the current recession/depression.

Everyone likes to complain about corporate greed and CEO salaries, but where are our tax dollars going? Federal workers, who haven't even paid into Social Security, are living the high life while hard working, now struggling, tax payers like me suffer near-poverty conditions.

When are we ever going to get fed up with the feds and with this sort of thing? I've been fed up with it (and the feds) for years.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

E. T. and Christianity

The Vatican recently announced that it will study the implications for Christian theology should extraterrestrial life ever be discovered to exist; something many people have wondered about for quite some time now.

Copernicus’ heliocentric theory of the universe gave rise to the belief that thousands of planets like earth existed throughout the universe. Atomism, an ancient philosophical system of thought, fitted perfectly with the new, Copernican heliocentric theory of the universe. The atomists believed (philosophically) that only matter (atoms) and the void (space) existed. All physical objects were thought to be made up of atoms existing in the infinite void of space. This ancient philosophy, which had been lost and forgotten by the West, was rediscovered (found in the works of the atomists Epicurus and Lucretius) during the Renaissance, and it inspired some thinkers (e.g., Giordano Bruno) to recognize its relevance to the new Copernican heliocentric paradigm. As Thomas Kuhn explains:

“Since Copernicanism also destroyed the earth’s uniqueness, abolished the terrestrial-celestial distinction, and suggested the infinity of the universe, the atomists’ infinite void provided a natural home for Copernicus’ solar system, or rather, for many solar systems…atomism proved the most effective and far-reaching of the several intellectual currents which, during the seventeenth century, transformed the finite Copernican cosmos into an infinite and multipopulated universe.” (Thomas Kuhn, The Copernican Revolution, MJF Books, New York, 1957, 1985; p. 237)

This infinite universe, thought to be populated with innumerable habitable worlds—the earth being only one, small, speck of a planet existing in the vast emptiness of space—is the modern scientific view of the universe we have today. With this outlook, it’s only reasonable to conclude that we are not alone in the universe. To date, however, this atomistic hypothesis has not been proven. In fact, some astronomers and astrobiologists no longer believe that it’s even a reasonable (or rational) scientific hypothesis at all.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The U. S. Needs Major Changes in Both Foreign and Domestic Policy

The U. S. needs to reevaluate both its domestic and its foreign policies. For example, the U. S. has an open and free trade relationship with the most murderous and oppressive regime on the planet: China. This relationship has flooded our nation with cheap, foreign made goods which has resulted in the devastation our national economy. A strong manufacturing base is essential to any economy, and ours has been sold out (by both political parties and their corporate special interest partners) to an oppressive and murderous foreign interest. Why? Money. To those in power—both political and corporate—profit is more important than people.

Closing the economic door to China—until it changes its evil ways—would not only be the right thing to do, morally speaking, it would also be an important impetus in rebuilding our manufacturing base. For example, many of the cheap goods we currently get from China could be easily be made in areas of the U. S. that have been in dire economic straits for many years and this would boost our economy rather than the Chinese economy.

A well known Democrat, Robert F. Kennedy, once proposed federal government support for the development of light manufacturing in the ghettos of all large U. S. cities as one remedy for ending the cycle of poverty in America’s inner-cities. This idea, which I think is an excellent idea, was apparently murdered along with Kennedy. No Democrat has mentioned it since. Nor have any Republicans. And they certainly haven’t come up with any better ideas (or any ideas for that matter).

Our politicians show no compassion for those in need. They don’t care about the problems of the inner-cities and they don’t care about the summary executions of political prisoners in China, they only care about their money and their political power.