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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Strong Marriages

What keeps a marriage together? What makes a strong marriage? These are timeless questions and the answers to them are numerous and varied from couple to couple. Thank God we have Sen. Brownback to help us with these answers. What creates a strong

Congress is considering a plan by Kansas Senator Sam Brownback to pay low-income couples in the nation's capital to get married.
Brownback heads a Senate subcommittee in charge of the budget ofWashington, D.C., where more than half of all children are raised bysingle parents.
His plan would give single parents an incentive to marry, offering qualified couples up to nine-thousand dollars to buy a home, start a business or begin a college fund.

As the Carpetbagger notes....what a strange turn of events.

Mr. Cheney also echoed Mr. Bush's contention that Mr. Gore's tax cut plan, which would provide relief for those putting money into savings accounts, college tuition, child care and other specific purposes, would serve as a form of social engineering.
"If you live your life the way they want you to live your life, if you do, in fact, behave in a certain way, then you qualify for a tax credit," he said.

What I'm trying to point out here isn't the divide between Republicans and Democrats, its that for all the blustering rhetoric and for all the 'differences' between the parties, they are the same. EXACTLY the same. Republicans believe in spending money, just on different things than Democrats. Pay to play is rampant in both parties, its just the lobbyists who are different (sometimes). Ideological extremism is rampant, just with different goals. Social engineering? Thats bad, unless its to engineer the family we think is right. Women should have the right to choose? Absolutely, and you are wrong if you think that right should not be exercised after a certain time period.

If it was ever time for a third party...a viable one...its now. The political center of this country is becoming larger and larger and the Democrats and Republicans are busy backing up into their ideological corners, as far away as possible from each other.


Blogger Dave Justus said...

For structural reasons, a viable third party in the United States will not happen. There will be, at most, three parties for a breif period of time and one of the three will quickly fade into irrellevance.

There is of course still a strong limited government wing of the Republican party. We have found (unsurprisingly to most) that the lure of pork overcomes that pretty consistantly in our elected representatives. There is of course the wing of the Republican party that has never really cared for limited government at all. Social Conservatives, as you rightly point out are not particularly interested in limited government, at least not as long as they control the reigns of power.

The more the Democratic Party declines, the greater this split in the Republican party could become, eventually resulting in a third party. However, one of those three parties would soon disappear because our system will naturally assume equilibrium on two parties.

2:52 PM  
Blogger z said...

Ah, you've seen the "light."
Voting really is a sham when you only get to choose between the republicats or the demicans.
It's not really a political issue anymore, the same people pull the strings of both parties. Corporate interest's supercede politics.
Jefferson (and a host of others) warned vehemently against corporations getting involved with government. It leads to slavery for the "People."
We're all aware that the big money spends millions of dollars on BOTH parties during elections.
If they're willing to help finance opposing candidates to assure their influence on decision making policies, how would it be possible that the two opposing views are really all that different?
In the end it doesn't matter.
Unfortunately, I think the U.S. has traveled so far down the path of totalitariansim at this point, that a third party would not be allowed. (Remember Ralph Nader's attempts to get in on debates and key ballots? It's happened consistantly over the years).
I'm afraid, at this point about the only opption left for the American People is (as Jefferson noted), revolution.
Parties are over.

As the Talking Heads put it...
"This ain't no party, this ain't no disco,
this ain't no foolin' around."
Life During Wartime-Talking Heads

11:44 PM  
Blogger scott said...

Studies have shown that if a person does three things in their life, they most likely will not be "poor".

Graduate High School

Don't marry until at least twenty years of age

Marry before having children.

This is not a report from the Cato Institute, but from Bill Galston, a former Clinton advisor.

The facts show that if these things are done, a dramatically lowered chance of poverty exists.

I don't think the government has any business paying people however.

7:25 PM  

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