Published: Friday, March 9 2012 12:00 a.m. MST
Yet the Republicans want government intervention and assistance, just in their
own way. And certainly they want the government to exercise control in our
personal lives. That much is clear.
" A pumpkin is something I can grow, the economy is not; it grows when
conditions are right. " You can gorw a pumpkin how..by making conditins
right. Governments can help make conditions right so that not just the economy
grows but that society grows. It's we the people not we the economy.
Love this piece! We could write a daily column for years on how we create the
world we live in with our words, for better or worse. This is why
there is debate about gay "marriage" -- isn't it amazing that it's
coming down to a debate about what we call it. How we name things and how we
speak about them has everything to do with what we end up doing, and what ends
up happening. It's truly amazing.This commentary scratches the
surface. Thanks so much!
pragmatistferlife,What "conditions" are you talking about?
Taking money out of the economy via higher or more taxes? More government
regulations so that business are forced to go offshore? Shutting down
opportunities for private industry to hire tens of thousands of workers by
shutting down drilling in the Gulf and in the Western States?Mr.
Bishop was right. Government can hinder, but it can't help without first
hurting someone or something.
When people talk about "paying for a tax cut" they mean what spending
are you going to cut to offset the decrease in revenue. I think everyone
Nielson writes:"Increasingly frequent repetition of this phrase
over the past 20 years has misled more and more of us into believing that
growing the economy is something the government can actually do."And, apparently, people believing that the President should be credited when
it grows, and blamed when it doesn't.
If we could just stop business from interfering with our government, we would
not have to put up with so many people who donÂt either know how the system
works or are willing to lie to the people.Nobody can grow a pumpkin.
To get a pumpkin, a person puts the right seeds in some dirt, adds water as
necessary, then stands back while nature does the rest. The
economy, like the pumpkin, will do itÂs thing if the seeds are put in the
right place and protected from the birds. Efforts by our government
to grow the economy is like the misguided farmer who simple throws the seeds on
the ground where the hungry business-birds gobble them up before nature gets to
act. The truth is that everything we have, everything we do and
everything we believe has been enabled by our nanny government doing itÂs
job of providing safety, protection and all the other things we need. And that
because the government has been able to sneak by the birds some seeds that
enable people to grow.
"The words we use shape our thinking"Which is probably why
the far left constantly tries to control what words and phrases can and can not
use in the public square. political correctness is a terrible task master.
George Carlin explained words a while ago. He explored how we empowered words,
and how they enslaved us. George was the best.
@Jthompson fortunately enough people finally caught on to what
deregulation and massive tax cuts do for our economy and voted republicans out
in 2008, unfortunately by then the damage had already been done. Hopefully
peoples memories are not so short that they have already forgotten that the
ideas republicans are spotting are the very ones that got us into this mess in
the first place. we have been down your road before J we know where it leads, no
@ the truth: The PC movement started with the far right and their efforts to
prohibit the use of swear words.I find it interesting that so many
on the right are so offended by words describing body parts or bodily functions
negatively and so anxious to have those words prohibited and yet so willing to
cry foul when the conversation turns to limiting words that describe actual
human beings negatively.
At some point J Thompson you need to take a reading comprihension course.."
Governments can help make conditions right so that not just the economy grows
but that society grows." In other words government can protect the people
from the tyranny of capital. Capital will grow, but left on it's own it won't
grow in a way that aids the growth of a diverse vibrant society. Yes government
does channel and in some cases restricts economic growth..that's the point.
However, if that activity were as pernicious as you claim we couldn't be the
largest economy in the world nor would we have a stock market at record levels.
RE: KalindraIt is not the swear words we need to worry about.It is when some tries to control the discussion or even deny any
discussion, when some will not allow alternative opinions and views to be
heard, be it religion, political ideologies, the enviroment, the climate,
homosexuality, race, aex, our origins, and so forth.Worrying about
swear words seems silly after that.
And what words addressing those issues are being limited?Challenging
your assumptions - religious or otherwise - is not silencing them. Choosing not
to do business with those who support viewpoints you do not agree with is not
silencing them.Who is silencing whom?
"Linda, who came from a different racial background than I, bristled. 'We
don't think as a people,' she said. "'Just like you, we are
individuals!'"------------Hmmm. Despite the
apparent oxymoron of the phase, "...we are individuals!", I understand
what she meant and agree with it wholeheartedly.We are all
individuals. The greatest similarity among us all is that we are each
completely unique. Not exactly like us in the entire universe
("Identical" twins, notwithstanding.)I realize that the
article was actually about the use of language and the insidious misuse of it
that has become evermore present and prevalent in our evermore market-driven
society. Like Rep. Nielson, I deplore that and hope we can, somehow, reverse
the trend.But, I also wanted to point out the coincident theme of
individuality because I also think that one of the biggest reasons that language
is being misused is to manipulate too many people into a group-think mindset
that is useful for influencing masses of people but, often, destructive to
individuals and, as a natural though somewhat ironic consequence, society as a
whole.We will do better if each of us remembers to think as an
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