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Monday, April 30, 2012

Prison Farming: Putting Minimum Security Inmates to Work for the State

Prisons are for to punish people who have broken the law and have hurt society. They are for criminals and lawbreakers, they are not for people who only hurt themselves if anyone. But thats a different topic and we punish convicts by take they're freedom away from. Ideally until they've not only have paid they're debt but also until they are ready to return to society. And are ready to become Productive Citizens and have given up they're Criminal Careers. The last part doesn't happen by accident or luck, for Inmates to become Productive Citizens. They first have to become Productive Inmates, realize they are there to serve they're time. And prepare themselves for life on the outside. That means realizing why they are in prison in the first place. Who they have hurt and take responsibility for they're actions. And then prepare themselves to serve they're time in a productive way. So if they get out of prison, they are no longer criminals. But people who earn and honest living, pay they're taxes and are no longer threats to society.

This is exactly what Minimum Security Inmates should be doing. Inmates that were sentenced to Minimum Security, because of the crime or crimes they've committed. People who aren't Violent Felons or Inmates who've been transfered to Medium or Minimum Security. Because they have good Prison Records, these people should've gotten they're education by now. Either before they started they're Prison Sentences or before they've reached Minimum Security. Finished High School and Higher Education, so by the time they're reached Minimum Security. They are ready to work and be productive for the prison. But also getting valuable Work Experience. So once they are released, they have the skills that they need. To get a good job on the outside and become Productive Citizens. But putting Prison Inmates to work, also helps cut our Prison Costs. Where the Inmates would be getting paid and contributing to they're Cost of Living.

If your running a rural prison, with access to Farm Land, you should be looking into Prison Farming. Which is what they are doing in Tennessee at Riverbend Prison. And what they've been doing Louisiana and Mississippi for hundred years or more. Where they can produce they're food for the prison but also sell they're food for the government to eat. Or even sell they're food on the Private Market and we would also be giving our Prison Inmates. Much need job skills and Work Experience.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Pat Buchanan on Suicide of a Superpower: What can happen when Superpowers do too much

The Soviet Union is a perfect example of what can happen to a Superpower. When they try to do too much, the United States tried to spent the SU into oblivion. The United States with the largest economy in the World, had the resources to not only defend itself. But to defend our allies as well and have high Living Standards at home. The Soviet Union had basically Third World Living Standards with its State Ownership Economic System. Tried to establish a Communist State in Afghanistan and lost there. America had the resources to be a Superpower, Russia simply couldn't keep up with us. The United States since the start of the 21st Century, has been taking similar steps as the Soviet Union. Even though our economy has lost value and our Living Standards haven't kept up. We've been expanding our grasp and reach in the World trying to promote our form of government in countries simply not familiar with it. Like in Iraq and Afghanistan, we are no longer trying to be the Leader of the World or the Leader of the Free World. But trying to police the World as well.

I don't agree with Pat Buchanan on much but he's dead on when its comes to Foreign Policy. When he talks about America being overstretched and trying to do too much around the World. Not every country is going to be like America nor should it. What works in this country doesn't work in Arabia. We are different both politically or culturally. But what we can do is try to protect and defend and promote people who are fighting for freedom. Just not do it for them and try to enforce our form of Democracy on the rest of the World. Which is what we did with Libya and I hope what we do in Syria as well. Give them cover to do the work to knockout the Authoritarian Regime. But that they do the work themselves. American Foreign Policy should be about defending our National Interests, not trying to police the World.

Pat Buchanan is right in the sense that we are overcommitted in the World when it comes to Foreign Policy. We shouldn't be defending Developed Nations around the World that has the resources to defend themselves. Like Europe, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Korea and we should be focused on defending our own National Interests. And promoting freedom around the World but not trying to police the World which is different.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Washington Times: Opinion: Kathleen Wolf: I Got This Funny Feeling You're Still in Kansas

I no longer get angry when I hear right-wingers claim about how much Liberals are trying to destroy America or make America into something else we aren’t. Or trying to control how Americans live their own lives, I just find these claims hysterical. Because they tend to come from the Far Right. Religious and Neoconservatives, big government Republicans, who attack Liberals for believing in things that the Far-Right believes in, big government. 
Listening to Rick Santroum and Michelle Bachmann talk about the dangers of big government, is like listening to Jerry Garcia talk about the dangers of drug abuse. They know why these things are bad, only because they’ve done them and believe in them. So what they are preaching about, is what not to do. "Do as I say, not what I do, because I’m an idiot". And learned from bad experience what not to do. Hearing Rick Santorum preach about the dangers of big government is the perfect case and example. 
Senator Rick Santorum who voted for more federal Intervention in public education, voted to expand Medicare and make it larger, also voted to borrow 500B$ to pay for it, believes the Federal Government should be regulating marriage and running it, supports a Constitutional Amendment to outlaw pornography. I could go on, but I’ll spare you the rest and yet Senator Santorum and Michelle Bachmann who’ve taken the same positions on these social issues, call themselves Conservatives, people who believe in limited government. 
Limited government left the building with a kiss my ass sticker when you support expanding the Federal Government. If you run now and find a brain and kick big government out instead, you may still be able to catch limited government. When real Conservatives, Classical Conservatives, people like George Will and Senator Mike Lee. Charles Krauthammer and others, there are still some real Conservatives left, talk about the dangers of big government and we need to get back to limited government. 
Limited government that's based on the U.S. Constitution , as well as Libertarians and yes real Liberals such as myself, you should listen to these people. Because they know what they are talking about. But when you listen to Neoconservatives like Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachmann and others, talk about the dangers of big government, take it with at least a couple grains of salt, more like a jar, because it would like listening to a drunk alcoholic about the dangers of alcohol. "Look at me and how screwed up I am, believe me its not worth it".  

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Washington Times: Opinion: Timothy C. Daughtry: "The Tea Party Will Learn to Love Mitt Romney": When The Christian Right Endorses Barack Obama For President

In  a way I feel for Mitt Romney, I don’t feel sorry for him. It's almost impossible for me to feel sorry for anyone worth 200M$. But I feel for him because he almost has to go back to the future for him to fit in the Republican Party. He’s a Northeastern Republican that probably looks up to Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater and others. But now running for President in a Southern religious and neoconservative party. That now looks up to Jerry Falwell and the Southern Baptist Convention. And sees Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan as Liberals. 

Imagine that, Barry Goldwater and Ron Reagan Liberals. Basically the two fathers of the conservative movement, the two men that put conservatism on the map in American politics, as Liberals. Which would be like calling Rick Santorum and Michelle Bachmann Libertarians. Or calling Ron Paul a Socialist. If the Tea Party was something of it's own, not so in bed with the Christian Right, like they are lovers having affairs with other people's spouses, then maybe I could believe the Tea Party would get behind the Mitt Romney.

This is why Mitt Romney doesn’t fit in with the Tea Party. He’s from Massachusetts, he was their Governor. He’s Mormon, he’s a Northeastern Republican. The Christian Right considers Northeastern Republicans part of another Political Party, like the Democratic Party. Back in the day Mitt supported equality for homosexuals. Meaning they shouldn’t be discriminated by law, because of their sexuality. And still holds that position today, wait five minutes and maybe he’ll change it. 

Mitt Romney as Governor of Massachusetts signed “RomneyCare” into law. Which four years later became “ObamaCare”. Mitt doesn’t believe things like pornography, gambling and homosexuality should be against the law. The Christian Right the brothers and sisters of the Tea Party, believes they should be outlawed in America. And consider them to be threats to national security. I’ve laid out the thought process’s of both the Tea Party/Christian Right and Mitt Romney. If you're still awake and have read all of that, you know how they are completely different. 

And they are supposed to vote for Mitt for President. I’ve heard the argument that the Tea Party/Christian Right will vote for Mitt Romney to defeat President Obama. I heard the same argument made about John Kerry in 2004 that so-called Progressives would vote for Senator Kerry because they wanted to defeat President Bush. And if you haven’t been in a coma all this time, you know how that presidential election went. Mitt Romney is past his time in the Republican Party.