In response to Burr Deming's
Don't Tell Me "Abstinence-Only" Doesn't Work - It Works
On the Republican view:
Government intervention in the form of public safety, pollution control, employment compensation, a healthy economic environment, even nuclear safety, is rejected.
Mr Deming, this is simply a lie. You confuse Republicans with libertarians and/or anarchists. As in the rest of life, the differences are a matter of degree. Since you offer no specific examples, let me suggest some:
Public Safety: Republicans support public safety measures, but reject nanny-statism that would, for example, require every new car to include a rear camera. The left believes in most areas that "saving just one life" is justification for over regulating public safety.
Pollution Control: Republicans hate pollution as much as Democrats. There are points of diminishing return where, for example, microscopic amounts of arsenic in water are acceptable. Democrats prefer to turn this into a campaign commercial that "Republicans want your kids to drink arsenic."
Employment Compensation: I assume you mean unemployment compensation. Republicans support most social safety nets, including unemployment compensation. Republicans reject indefinite extensions of benefits (for example, 99 weeks) because it creates an incentive not to work and keeps the unemployment rate high. If Obama agreed with us, the unemployment rate would already be under 8%.
Healthy Economy: More than Democrats, Republicans want a healthy economy. We want free flowing capital, efficient businesses, and low prices. Democrats prefer over-regulation, red tape, and inflationary policy.
Nuclear Safety: Republicans support nuclear power because it is cleaner and cheaper than fossil fuels or so-called green energy. We see that it's easy to safely operate nuclear plants, while Democrats fear the remote possibility of a disaster and shut down the industry and prevent the construction of new plants.
Because you are right and John Myste is wrong (that "over time, evidence does tend to affect enough folks to bend the arc") it is worth the time of the growing population of conservatives to repeat conservative ideas. We're winning the public debate... again.
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I hate to nitpick but this statement interests me:
"Republicans reject indefinite extensions of benefits (for example, 99 weeks)."
Your example did not include indefinite benefits. In your example, it was benefits lasting 99 weeks.
As for your last statement, as you know it is of special interest to me. While I have you truth owners in one room, I will I will address this. That comment shall arrive shortly, so don't run off.
For example, at the beginning of the recession, congress extended benefits from 26 weeks to 52 weeks. Once we reached 52 weeks, they extended the benefits another 26 weeks, until we finally reached 99 weeks.
President Obama has proposed that we extend the benefits even further for the people who are reaching the maximum. This propensity to extend benefits leads to a sense of "indefiniteness," as in it's unclear when the benefits will end.
This process leads the unemployed to start expecting that congress will continually extend their benefits, so they can keep waiting for a better job offer instead of taking a pay cut (from their last job). To the people who will reject my last sentence outright, I recommend my post on the economic disincentives of unemployment benefits.
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