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EH122

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Eric Hutson
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"I do not respond to personal attacks from untrusted posters here. It's an exercise in futility. In 3 days they evaporate, if not sooner by the Moderator. I'll wait" from CarmineD

Wise decision. A band of untrusted ID's try to wear down conservative posters through "annoyance". I say ID's, not people, because the writing style of 4 or 5 ID's are very similar. Let these untrusted ID's create a bunch of posts that will eventually disappear in 72 hours anyway leaving just the trusted posts.

(Suggest removal) 7/12/13 at 10:56 a.m.

The two political parties have difficulty agreeing on the problem, the solution and whether or not a problem is best handled at the national or state level. This scenario leads to many no action results.

There is no consensus about what constitutes doing a good job as a member of Congress. What is the yardstick? How many bills are passed? How do we decide what an effective congressman looks like? What about measuring the effectiveness of policies both current and proposed and at what cost does it exceed being effective? We do expect a congressman to represent constituents. We expect members to bring into the legislative process the views, needs and interests of their constituents; we expect the Congress as an institution to provide a forum to exchange these views, needs and interests. Only in a perfect world would the majority align with what policy experts deem most likely to be effective. When a conflict exists, however, which should take priority? What constitutes good public policy?

The general public has little in-depth knowledge of what good public policy is that will lead to positive societal outcomes.

Many may view a "no" as inaction and ineffective however, a compromised solution can often lead to an ineffective watered-down policy and outcomes.
If you have a family of 5 or more try taking a vote on a restaurant for dinner and have each member write their choice down privately and list why they chose that restaurant but they cannot reveal their choice to other family members until after everyone has written down their choice. More than likely, there will not be agreement on where to eat initially......so who chooses? Some family members will not eat what they desired but they will be fed. Some family members will set aside his or her own personal choice in order to keep the peace but this can result in a false solution to a problem and may cause the accommodating person to harbor feelings of resentment. One solution might be to give each family member $15 dollars to go eat at a place of their choosing. Another might be for the person with the funds to assert decision-making power thus over-ruling everyone else. How passionate is every family member about eating at their place of choice? Is it worth pushing your choice but potentially causing conflict and resentment? The same conflicting elements apply in congress. Competition, collaboration, accommodation or avoidance. If there is little common ground on an effective solution between both parties then a "no vote" or "no action" must be options.

(Suggest removal) 6/25/13 at 3:20 a.m.

The general public has little in-depth knowledge of what good public policy is that will lead to positive societal outcomes.

Only in a perfect world will the majority wants align with what policy experts deem most likely to be effective. When a conflict exists, however, which should take priority? What constitutes good public policy? Specifically, will gun bans, gun magazine bans, gun registration and gun background checks reduce bad behaving criminals and lawbreakers? Honestly, it would do little to prevent or protect law-abiding citizens. Criminals and lawbreakers don't carry a book of laws to refer to and govern their behavior.

(Suggest removal) 4/29/13 at 2:42 a.m.

It would be interesting to see the facial expression of an attacker when 25 out of 50 students pull out their concealed handguns pointing each at him. Who are you going to shoot first Mr. Bad guy? That rush of power and control would leave him within a matter of seconds.

(Suggest removal) 4/21/13 at 8:14 a.m.

The federal government was created with limited powers and was intended to be responsible to the states and the state officials. In fact, federal officials use to be appointed by state officials back in the day but now it's the state citizens who elect federal officials. Now the federal officials no longer have to answer to state officials because they are not responsible for giving them their jobs. On many topics the public does not have an educated conclusion in the majority giving federal officials the ability to do as they please because they can falsely claim "this is what I heard people saying they wanted". The federal officials now have no responsibility to the elected officials of the state. Nowadays, there is no assurance that the federal government will not limit their powers and conduct themselves and legislate in the best interest of the states.

(Suggest removal) 3/24/13 at 5:59 a.m.

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