Well, in many cases I think "progressive" is an euphemism for leftism...
Affordable healthcare for everyone is a neat thing to have, but needs a strong economy to back that up, especially since the costs of treatments tend to increase with time. Regulations are also a two-bladed sword: certainly they can deal with all sorts of problems, but increasing bureaucracy makes the system inflexible and induces more costs.
Take the money from the military. We don't need to police the world.
I respect our servicemen and women and the thankless job they do, day-in and day-out. However, we don't need to keep endlessly researching new weapons of mass destruction just to satisfy the penis envy of 4-star generals and politicians. Nor do we need to justify ridiculously massive contracts with the industrial defense complex by cooking up equally impractical projects.
Post by Gamer Griff on May 14, 2016 18:58:56 GMT -5
let me give you all a little history lesson, after the great depression and WW2 America put into place things like the "New Deal", a lot of policies which where essentially socialist but they worked, you ever wonder why the 1950's is looked back on as such a legendary time in American history? It's not because of capitalism that gave birth to the strong middle class of the era, it's because of stuff like that.
But in the decades since there has been an intentional effort to dismantle all of that piece by piece and they've succeeded, but now the middle class has woken up to that fact, so hopefully some real change can occur, Hillary is only going to be a continuation of the status quo and I'm sick of the status quo (as are many other people)
Post by Gamer Griff on May 15, 2016 6:05:54 GMT -5
To move away from politics for a bit, does it feel weird to anyone else to be living in the year 2016?
Let me let you in on a little bit of background about me, I received my first laptop computer complete with internet access in February of 2006, prior to that my only experience with the internet was briefly using other family member's computers, but to for the first time have internet access in my own home was a literally life changing experience on every level.
So the thing is, those first two years where I had the net, 2006 and 2007 still feel pretty recent to me, I mean they feel like a while back sure, but 9 to 10 years? It's mind blowing, it's honestly pretty surreal to be living in the year 2016.
What I'm wondering is, is this just typical of someone my age? When you go from age 16 is 26 is not quite as extreme as going from age 6 to 16 so it feels like a shorter length of time.
Post by Gamer Griff on May 15, 2016 7:42:50 GMT -5
Makes sense, but it's still hard to get used to, especially given the fact that I'm out of the loop when it comes to many trends of the 2010s, I often feel like a guy who got sucked through a timewarp from the year 2007 to the present day.
Another thing that makes it tough is how unexpected it was, no one ever told me that time speeds up as you get older, it totally caught me off guard.
I try not to think about it...sometimes I worry I'll wake up 40 one day wondering what the fuck happened. It's so bad I'll honestly get the years mixed up sometimes 'cause I find it crazy that we're here in 2016. It shouldn't be 2016 yet! Slow down dammit, I'm not ready!
Post by Maciej Miszczyk on May 15, 2016 15:14:37 GMT -5
the weird thing for me is that while I managed to get a degree, am in process of getting a second one and got a job, I still feel that I'm the same sad, awkward kid I was around 2006. and it's not necessarily a good thing because back then I felt I can't find a place for myself and I still feel the same way, maybe even moreso now.