Politics seems to be an arena where extremes get all the attention. The views of Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Mike Malloy, Keith Olberman, and many others seem to get all the focus of media.
What happened to moderate views? Having opinions that straddle the left and right are completely out of fashion these days. And if you dare to think that the extremes should talk to one another to build consensus? Heresy!!
Okay, I do have some opinions that might not be considered moderate. I think they are moderate, but you be the judge:
- get rid of the IRS and all the convoluted tax code. Institute a flat value-added tax for EVERYONE. Make everyone pay their fair share, including corporations that aren’t currently paying anything.
- cut spending in the areas of the budget that are the largest (e.g., social security, defense spending). These areas have more money to play with. Forget all the peanuts like foreign aid, NPR, and Planned Parenthood. There just ain’t a lot of money in these areas to cut out that will make a real difference.
- provide healthcare for everyone. Create more competition in healthcare insurance by eliminating state borders.
- balance the federal budget. Stop borrowing money from foreign governments. Period.
- stop busting unions. Who cares if public employees organize? Let them strike and hire around them. If there aren’t any qualified people to hire, then maybe you need to pay attention to what they are asking for.
- if you are a Christian – bully for you. I’ve done the church thing and it didn’t work for me. I’d rather have a great discussion with a well-educated mind that knows how to think than a person who wants to talk about how religion guides their life.
- if you watch Fox News, try watching MSNBC once in a while. If you watch MSNBC, try watching Fox News occasionally. Try to find something that you can agree with.
- engage in a conversation with someone who doesn’t agree with you. Find common ground. Don’t yell.
I recently had a discussion with a staunch Republican about immigration. Believe it or not, we found common ground. But we also had areas we disagreed on. But we didn’t yell at each other. Too often we have “discussions” that have the sole purpose to reinforce our opinions and views. Talking is about communicating, not a dictation of opinions.