By John M. Williams
Across this country, the ideological war between liberalism and conservatism is being waged fiercely. The debate is over what is the role of all levels of governments in our lives? Local, state and the federal governments are broke. Local governments are broke mainly as a result of the recession. State and federal governments are broke as a result of the recession and asinine tax policies favoring the rich and businesses.
Achieving sound fiscal policies on all levels of government require an end to the recession and spending cuts and raising revenues. Neither of these policies will happen immediately. Liberals and independents recognize that to achieve balanced budgets spending cuts and raising revenues are absolutely necessary, and they will call for them, and hopefully fight for them.
Conservatives do not want governments to achieve balanced through cuts and raising revenues. They want to achieve balanced budgets through tax cuts and spending cuts. Even though history is against them in this area, they continue to lie to the American people that revenue lacking is not the problem rather excessive spending is. Gullible Americans swallow this lie as easily as they breathe dirty air.
Liberals believe that governments can have a positive role in peoplesâ€™ lives. Conservatives do not.
Under liberal governments more people progress economically than under conservatives.
Liberals want to rein in excesses and criminal activities by businesses; conservatives do not.
Liberals want a cleaner environment. Conservatives donâ€™t.
Liberals know too big to fail is a fantasy. Conservatives reject the idea of too big to fail â€“ despite evidence to the contrary.
Liberals want to provide affordable healthcare to everyone; conservatives oppose universal healthcare. They want the insurance market to operate without government interference.
Liberals support unions; conservatives oppose unions and want them dead.
Liberals want to protect womenâ€™s reproductive rights and choice; conservatives want the federal government to outlaw reproductive rights and choice.
Liberals support civil rights of everyone; conservatives support individual rights.
Liberals believe in a changing Constitution; conservatives want a static constitution.
Liberals believe in collective bargaining rights for workers; conservatives oppose collective bargaining rights.
Liberals believe in a free and open press that can criticize government without fear of oppression; conservatives dislike criticism and are willing to intimidate critics.
Liberals want curbs on presidential authority in national security areas; conservatives are willing to give conservative presidents unlimited power in national security areas.
Liberals believe in creating public service jobs to reduce unemployment; conservatives oppose using taxes to create jobs to rebuild and repair our infrastructure.
Conservatives believe taxes and tax laws should be used to enrich businesses and not to improve opportunities for the middle class and poor. Liberals hold opposing views.
Liberals want to expand Medicaid to help the poor; conservatives want to reduce the number of Medicaid recipients.
Liberals want to bring Pentagon spending under control; conservatives would spend a trillion dollars annually in defense of the country, regardless of waste, fraud, cost overruns and abuse.
Liberals want to regulate the banking and food industries; conservatives oppose regulations in these areas.
Liberals favor a path to citizenship for illegal aliens; conservatives oppose citizenship programs.
Liberals wanted to raise taxes to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Conservatives wanted borrowed the money, therefore raising the deficit by more than a trillion dollars.
The philosophical divide between liberals and conservatives grows daily. I am convinced that the differences are more economic than political. Conservatives believe that having lots of money is the only real measure of success and the government should not take any money from corporations and wealthy individuals. They believe in passing laws that favor the wealthy and corporations.
The war between Liberals (Democrats) and Conservatives (Republicans) is center stage in Washington, DC and Madison, WI. In the nationâ€™s Capitol, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has passed $61 billion in cuts that hurt the poor. Instead of attacking revenue issues, the Republicans are attacking social issues. They do not want to fund National Public Radio, Planned Parenthood and other programs that they hate. They hate charity to the middle class and poor, but they lovingly embrace charity to corporations and the wealthy. A democratically-controlled Senate and a Democratic president can block such legislation and will in hopes of bringing sanity to the House of Representatives.
In Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker is out to destroy government unions by restricting the areas they can bargain. Walker wants to break the back of government unions. If he does, other states will follow his plan. And the middle class will suffer, and a democratic principle will die. If collective bargaining for better working conditions does not exist, then governments can raise working hours from 40-to-50 or more weekly. Health benefits and pensions can be reduced. Vacations can be reduced, and jobs can be eliminated.
Wisconsinites can end this brutal assault on their quality by recalling at least 8 Republicans
this year and Governor Wagner next January. This will send a message to Republicans everywhere that if you trample on my rights, your political career is over.
The lessons the American voter should take from the behavior of Republican office holders in states and in Washington, DC is know your candidate, because you may get a Jekyll/Hyde office holder. If you do, you deserve the consequences.
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