Archives for: October 2011

10/18/11

Permalink 07:26:24 pm, by Barry Email , 127 words, 4934 views   English (US)
Categories: Current Events

Sober Up Washington

sober up washington
sober up washington

I stumbled on what might be a constructive proposal for how to reform our broken political system and address the overbearing influence big money has in influencing our federal government. It is an op-ed that appears to be written two Harvard Law professors, one a conservative and one a liberal. You can read the article here.
They want to see a constitutional convention called by the states.

Some of the reasons given
Enact true campaign finance reform... because Congress does not have the will to do it, since they are too controlled by special interests.
Give the president a line item veto.

It makes for an interesting read.
I am tempted to support the idea...

I'd love to hear some insights and thoughts from others....

10/17/11

Permalink 05:22:07 pm, by Barry Email , 74 words, 4451 views   English (US)
Categories: Current Events

Congress Should take over the Federal Reserve

Monetary Reform
Monetary Reform

I am reading a very interesting website. Monetary.Org
It advocates reforming our monetary system.
The reasons being the high unemployment and the squeeze of the middle class.
They are proposing having congress take back from the Federal Reserve the power to control the monetary system.They also propose to change the monetary system so it is not based on debt.

I'd really be interested in hearing other's perspectives on these proposals.

10/04/11

Permalink 08:12:09 pm, by Barry Email , 160 words, 4862 views   English (US)
Categories: News, Current Events

Prohibition, failed attempt to legislate righteousness

Prohibition
Prohibition

PBS has been showing the Ken Burns documentary on prohibition.
http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/prohibition/

The evangelist Billy Sunday envisioned the following as the results
of prohibition:

"No one marked the day (start of Prohibition) as fervently as evangelist Billy Sunday, who conducted a revival meeting in Norfolk, Virginia. Ten thousand grateful people jammed Sunday’s enormous tabernacle to hear him announce the death of liquor and reveal the advent of an earthly paradise. “The reign of tears is over,” Sunday proclaimed. “The slums will soon be only a memory. We will turn our prisons into factories and our jails into storehouses and corncribs. Men will walk upright now, women will smile, and children will laugh. Hell will be forever for rent.”

He was so... wrong.

Righteousness cannot be legislated.
Instead of righteousness,
outlawing liquor dramatically increased lawlessness and murder.

It makes one wonder if we are following the same failed approach
in the war on drugs.

Barry

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