[Paleopsych] Democratic Family Values
Lynn D. Johnson, Ph.D.
ljohnson at solution-consulting.com
Tue Feb 15 05:37:47 UTC 2005
These are excellent values, very conservative, and I can endorse the
spirit behind them. I don't know how to achieve them because of
structural challenges in our society. I wish I could see a way. Any help?
Irony alert: I just posted the piece on how positive emotions make us
intelligent, and yet I see these serious problems. I guess we should
pass around some jokes and then brainstorm for solutions. BTW, Fast
Company December issue: creativity is a function of positive emotions.
Steve Hovland wrote:
>The budget should be balanced.
That may require eliminating most of our entitlement programs unless we
cripple the economy with taxes. Should social security be means-tested?
>Everyone person and organization that benefits from this nation should pay part of the cost of maintaining it.
I suppose so. Now the bottom rungs of society pay no tax, and in fact
get many benefits. Most taxes come from the top earners. Perhaps even
the bottom portions of our society should pay at least a nominal tax.
>We should export more than we import.
There is no way I can see that happening for at least 50 years. China
will continue to dominate the world's economy until an equilibrium point
is reached, I would suppose. How could we do it? Building barriers to
imports would cause a catastrophic trade war, I believe. And bankrupt
Wal-Mart! (good idea). 70% of walmart merchandise comes from china.
>Everyone is entitled to basic health care.
Well, entitled is a dangerous word. We should work to provide for those
in need. YET . . . I fear government enforcing this excellent idea,
since I work in health care, and government in health care is always a
disaster. Bureaucrats suck the life out of society. Look at HIPAA -
every doctor I know hates it.
>We must become less dependent on petroleum.
Total agreement. Bush is very short-sighted in this area. Yet, Clinton
did nothing for eight years. We need private / public "Manhatten
Projects" and they aren't happening.
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Steve, I would add: We must control our borders. There is collusion
between government and business / agricultural interests to make illegal
immigration easy. Serious enforcement of immigration laws is not a
reality. I think that is a disaster in the making.
Something should be done about exhorbitant compensation of CEOs. I fear
government intervention, yet the CEO/lowest paid worker ratio is out of
control and I believe that weakens our social contract. Any ideas?
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