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farsighted

farsighted

First year poli-sci professor at University of Maryland - enjoy the sport of debating and picking up new ideas.
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April 10, 2018 00:37:39

Not necessarily disagreeing with your stand on the the 2nd amendment, agree there, however; just like the right to a driver's license can be removed for mental illness etc. I believe owning a gun should be reserved for those without criminal or mental history. I fully understand this will not prevent all misuse but it would certainly prevent a lot. Next on the block, thoughts on outlawing high-cap magazines?

 
March 28, 2018 02:18:57

I don't think Ginger is saying that will solve the issue, but certainly make things harder for mass shooters without denting the 2nd amendment.

 
March 28, 2018 00:55:04

@ApplesAndOranges the issue here is the uber complicated and inflated tax codes of the federal govt and certain states, CA being at the top of that list. If states and federal govt had more competitive and intelligent taxes then companies wouldn't seek out more attractive havens. Businesses are way smarter than lawmakers, always have been always will be, lawmakers need to be more intelligent in their tax approaches and actually take better care of those who actually provide the jobs we all depend on.

 
March 2, 2018 00:52:56

Points taken @Cookie32 & @godzilla if done responsibly welfare and similar systems can be a life saver and I'm all for that. The trick here is responsibly and in the case of California the more they spend on social programs the more poverty rises. Why is that? I haven't studied their system in detail but I wager it's the lack of guts to propose a workable solution and it's easier to spend more.

 
March 2, 2018 00:31:49

This is why I love our state system in that each state is basically a running experiment of ideas and solutions - those paying attention get to see which ones work or don't. I've heard those from other countries question this method but overall it seems to work, a nation that started as an experiment allows 50 states to try their own solutions to problems... an issue in government however is solutions that don't work tend to get doubled down on... like throwing more money at poverty...

 
March 29, 2017 01:57:18

The first thing we need to come to an agreement on; is marijuana so harmful that it should be illegal? The "so harmful" part is where the debate begins, is it more harmful than alcohol? In moderation science tells us no. Is it more harmful than cigarettes? The science tells us they are more or less equal. More harmful than heroine or cocaine? Not even close. If we agree on the science of the harmful effects of marijuana then why is it even illegal at all?

 
March 29, 2017 00:04:58

Great point @always.right, this passing on a national basis seems impossible unless it's slipped into another bill. Can you imagine the friction this would cause a congressman who put their name on a bill like this, it would be a giant gift of ammo against opponents.

 
March 28, 2017 17:16:35

Great article about students "hiding from scary ideas" - one student was quoted as saying, “I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs,” http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/opinion/sunday/judith-shulevitz-hiding-from-scary-ideas.html?_r=0

 
March 27, 2017 23:59:08

Everyone just needs to get over themselves and learn to move on. Attempting to engineer a society that is free from anything offensive will end up creating a generation of sniveling whimps with a dangerous detachment from the real world.


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