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7 Political Labels Which Don’t Mean What They Used To

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Several recent polls indicate that the level of uneasiness in both the United States, as well as the rest of the world, is at its highest, in recent times! We have witnessed such an incredibly high level of polarization, rather than cooperation, and certain political leaders, such as President Donald J. Trump, have seemingly exploited this, with excessive rhetoric, vitriol, misstatements, etc, often taking every opportunity to attack those who disagree with him, by labelling them, in some negative, adversarial way. Besides the ethical and other negative aspects of this behavior. the exercise often becomes even more challenging, become today’s labels, often have significantly different meanings, than they once did. This article will briefly examine and discuss, 7 political labels, that fall into that category.

1. Liberal: Once a term, which meant someone believed in more government involvement, in order to address the needs, of the under, and less than privileged, this brought on legislation, often referred to, as entitlements, such as Medicaid, Welfare, etc. Certain politicians today, have distorted the original intent and meaning, from striving to help and make a positive differ in the lives of those who need it, to a negative connotation, which seems aimed at stirring up resentments, etc, for political gain!

2. Progressive: This is a somewhat, more recent term, which originally meant forward – thinking, such as environmental/ climate/ ecology concerns, and making education and health care, more affordable and accessible, to a situation, now, where some so – called progressives, often seem to have never seen a government hand – out they could resist, whether it is well – conceived and planned, or not. Obviously, those trying to stir up negative emotions, exploit this term, in a way, which creates resentment, etc. The health – care insurance argument, which pits those who support some variety of the Affordable Care Act, even if it means tweaking, to those who want a Medicare – for – All, system, to those, who simply state they seek a free market approach, without government involvement. Obviously, the latter approach, would bring us back, to pre – 2010 times, where many, could not even get, or qualify, or afford medical insurance.

3. Moderate: Prior to 1980, for most of the previous Presidential elections, everyone elected, held a philosophy, within about 5% of the center, politically. This permit across – the – aisle, discussion, and a willingness to compromise, for the common good. Today, we are witnessing much less centric politics, with those on the political left, and right, rarely coming to a common agreement! While we used to witness many Republican Moderates, there are far fewer elected today. What exactly is a political moderate, today?

4. Conservative: Originally, this meant, someone who focused and/ or emphasized, a conservative approach, especially to economics. They sought economic and budgetary prudence, and carefully reviewing and considering expenditures. Today, the term often refers to individuals, with a right – of – center approach and perspective/ philosophy, but the economic/ fiscal discipline often seems to vary, on a case – by – case basis. What ever happened to reducing deficits and seeking a balanced budget?

5. Republican: The political party of Lincoln, Rockefeller, Eisenhower, Javits, etc, is far different from the Republican Party, of today! There are few moderates, who are members of the G.O.P., today! Many of those mentioned above, would either be unwelcome, or would feel that way, today!

6. Common sense: Most would agree, the best approach, would be more use of common sense, in making decisions, etc, but, unfortunately, it is rather uncommon (indeed, rare!)!

7. Service: The elected officials of the past, despite their flaws, and personal agenda, ego, etc, in the end result, seemed to believe, they were elected to represent their constituents, and provide true service! Few would say, that’s the case, today!

Beware of political labels, because there’s often a significant difference between how we label, and reality/ necessity/ need, etc! Let’s all say, together, what the famous words, in the movie, Network, stated, I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!

Elected Officials: Why Quantity Without Quality Isn’t Meaningful: 3 Examples

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Aren’t you tired of having elected officials, who focus on legislative, so – called victories, rather than serving the best interests of their constituents, and the nation, they should represent? Our 2016 Presidential elections, pointed to the fact, many voters are attracted to a candidate, who emphasized winning, seemingly, regardless of other factors! What does winning mean? Shouldn’t it be directed to creating and implementing the best, possible course of action, rather than simply, some expedient, possibly ill – conceived approach, which does not achieve its supposed objective/ purpose? With this in mind, this article will briefly examine and discuss, 3 examples, when we should be focusing more on quality, than quantity, and on viable solutions, rather than rhetoric and meaningless, empty promises!

1. Jobs: We often focus on the unemployment rate, even though, in fact, it is an unreliable statistic. Even if it wasn’t flawed, simply considering the raw data/ number, without paying attention to the growth, or lack of increase, in income levels, is less than the best approach, or methodology! Employment is a somewhat complicated issue, because some politicians, continue making meaningless, unrealistic promises and claims, such as when President Donald Trump, continuously speaks about bringing back coal jobs, when there are several issues involved, including the excessive costs of production (compared to other energy sources), technology (which replaces workers), safety issues, and environmental concerns! There are similar challenges, when the same politician (who likes saying he’s not one!) promises more factory jobs. Proposals regarding international trade, which promote isolation, rather than taking advantage of potential benefits, from partnering internationally, are both short – sighted and hurt the economy! The optimal approach would be focusing on education, job retraining, and technical/ computer enhancements! It’s not only about a single number or statistic!

2. Health care: Everyone has witnessed, the amount of time, energy and resources, taken by this President, in replacing the Affordable Care Act, not because he has a better plan, or solution, but apparently, because he seems to believe, doing so, enhances his personal political agenda, and those, like him, who seem content, spending the majority of their time, blaming President Obama, for any, and everything! Trump even went so far, as to say, he would sign any replacement legislation, which crossed his desk. He blamed those who opposed this, even though, the replacement, did nothing to improve, and/ or address the flaws in the existing legislation, and, in fact, would create a situation, where tens of millions of Americans, would lose the insurance they had! Wouldn’t the responsible approach be, to tweak the existing legislation, and do what’s best for its citizens?

3. Tax reform: The President continues to talk about the need for tax reform, seemingly to be able to say, he did, and won, rather than doing anything, of relevance, to improve it. Look at the proposals, and ask, who benefits, and why! Who is being served? Is this tax reform, or a reincarnation of the trickle – down approach?

Voters should pay more attention to what politicians propose, and why! Be certain it is more about improving quality, than merely focused on numbers, potentially phony statistics/ data, or quantity!