SurveyThe word democrat started as a political epithet meaning "one who panders to the masses".
      – DigitalBoss, 2009-08-21 at 13:58:30   (8 comments)

On 2009-08-21 at 14:12:24, DigitalBoss wrote...
The US Constitution does not acknowledge rights of majorities, it provides rights to the minority, the citizen, the ultimate minority is the individual; individual rights. The left likes to promote a group think mentality. They want you to give up your right to freedom as an individual and succumb to rights of the group. Entirely unconstitutional.
On 2009-08-22 at 18:53:44, DigitalBoss wrote...
Making decisions based on polls, no matter what is the right decision.
On 2009-08-23 at 13:48:55, Lee J Haywood wrote...
That's a logical fallacy - you're assuming that there's only one right answer, and that it will be found by a poll. Few solutions are anything like perfect, and any government decision will cater for some at the expense of others. Arguably it is indeed fair to listen to the majority, and it can work for evaluating social norms, but that completely ignores the bias introduced by interest groups.
On 2009-08-23 at 15:27:12, DigitalBoss wrote...
Government politicians are not smart enough to make the decisions that they undertake. The free market place is best left to make those decisions.
On 2009-08-23 at 15:29:29, DigitalBoss wrote...
You misunderstand my statement on polls. I do not like polls. Leaders should make the right decisions based on what is right for the citizens and the country as a whole, not based on what the majority feels at any given moment.
On 2009-08-23 at 17:43:35, Lee J Haywood wrote...
You cannot expect the free market to make the best decisions simply by maximising profits. That ignores the environment, morally-correct decisions and the separation that exists between companies. It's often the case that the government has to step in, e.g. to set emissions limits and make different parts of the supply chain work together. For example, the road freight industry in the US can make massive savings by increasing fuel economy, but the people who own the trucks and those who drive them (and pay the fuel) are separate from each other and have failed to work together.
On 2009-08-24 at 01:39:40, DigitalBoss wrote...
My desire is that the government step in only in a very few circumstances when absolutely necessary, and make very targeted regulation, not to run the whole industry. There is a whole lot more to the free market than just maximizing profits. Every time a transaction takes place, hundreds or thousands of decisions are made, to sell, if so, at what price, to buy, when to buy... There are no politicians smart enough to second guess it all. That is why laws have so many unintended consequences.
On 2009-08-24 at 16:52:47, Thelevellers wrote...
I would gree, but the word 'panders' is heavily biased - 'listens' would be more accurate... And I'm not getting dragged into free market arguments atm, I have enough internet to keep me entertained for the moment...