The fiscal cliff is a term that describes the retirement of the Bush tax cuts and forced spending cuts baked into the budgeting agenda for the government. To deal with it properly we need to do several things. First, set aside our personal bias and second, set aside our politics. We, America, is in a bind and we need to work together to get back into safer economic territory.
News: Rupert Murdoch Tweets message: "Now Christie, while thanking O, must re- declare for Romney, or take blame for four dire years." – Editorial: Rupert Murdoch in the spirit of media oligarchs such as Silvio Berlusconi or William Randolf Hearst infers use of his media power to threaten the governor of the State of New Jersey. Similar to historical abuse of such power in the examples of various ideological dictators and magnates using/abusing freedom of the press to manipulate politicians in an inordinate fashion.
Who would be the more conservative president? Who would be the less worse choice for president? "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more" as Shakespeare once said. Using the tenets and platform of the Centrist Party let us analyze the candidates to determine who might be best to lead our country for the next 4 years...
Is trickle-down really trickle-out? Trickle-down economics has been lauded as a good way to run the economy for decades by Republican party leaders, some Libertarians, and various executives that have spoken on the issue. Is it good for the economy? Looking at recent analysis it is clearly not the panacea espoused by its promoters.
Planned obsolescence is the purposeful planning of limiting the useful life of a product or design. The purpose is to stimulate and perpetuate product consumption. This has short term benefits for companies in their profitability and long term consequences for resource capacity as continued consumption leads to resource depletion in many cases. The only exception would be in how renewable or sustainable a product line is.
Ads that appeal to our patriotism are hard to ignore. Centrists and Centrism, like other political ideals, hold to particular values, have hero's, have convictions about how we examine the data. The perspective of the Centrist Party is based on evidence. Centrism strongly supports the tenets of traditional conservatism as well as responsibility models held from more centrist democratic concerns. Modern Republicans/neo-conservatives are too liberal in their support for corporatism that feeds corporate socialism, as opposed to supporting the principle of government of the people, by the people, for the people. And the Democratic Party is too liberal in its 'ideals' about how much the government can do or spend on these ideals. Centrism remains about pragmatic and well reasoned consideration of facts within the context of short AND long-term consequences.
Editorial: How intelligent are people who vote? Or how intelligent should people be to vote? Or maybe that's not the issue? Maybe the issue is how smart are people being about their vote? Well, what kind of intelligence are we talking about? Maybe that makes a difference? Maybe not? Well, it probably does...
The obesity epidemic as a proportion of human population has effectively gone off the charts so to speak. Statistically that is. The past 30 to 40 years have shown a more than statistically significant departure from the norm. So, the question that arises is, why? If something in our food consumption has changed then what is it? This University of California TV series explores some of the latest science and understanding which reveals insights in to the systemic changes that are clearly affecting our health and in fact the weight of the issue can be measured in more than pounds..., it can be measured in cost, quality of life, and may even be altering the health of our genetic health in relation to normative assessments.
The 10 Million a Minute Tour: Believe it or not, for every minute that goes by, our federal government’s financial sinkhole grows deeper by about $10 million! The U.S. public needs to know the current and future issues concerning the U.S.’s financial situation. The $10 Million a Minute Tour is out there to do just that, educate the public on these critical issues.
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) annual report was issued on 24 June 2012. The report highlights the cycles of interconnected economic functions that are negatively influencing the ability of the system to stabilize and move toward a healthier economic function. Structural challenges remain in advanced and emerging markets. Monetary policy remains accommodative at the risk of future financial and price instability. Market confidence remains an issue.
The National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate have produced this video to illustrate the current state of understanding pertaining to climate change.
The United States of America would benefit greatly from a sensible third choice in the 2012 presidential election to help break the gridlock that is holding America back from steering a successful course for our Republic and achieving a stronger democracy. We need major reforms and a leadership team willing to make it happen. The Centrist Party is always seeking leaders that makes sense. David M. Walker (Former Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office) is and strong candidate in that department.
EDITORIAL: Free Speech Gone Wild: Rush Limbaugh, in a grand gesture to challenge the edge of what can be considered wise, if not merely palatable in his extreme rhetoric, attacked Sandra Fluke calling her a "slut" and a "prostitute" for her position on contraception. This all in the context of the continuing 'healthcare debate'.
David Walker, former Comptroller General of the United States did what he does best in this book... He looks at our fiscal facts. The picture is clear, we are fiscally unsound, and if we ignore this issue long enough, we just might bankrupt America.
Book Review: In Republic Lost, Lawrence Lessig outlines the structure of a cancer that is eating away at our democracy. A cancer so clever that it has developed it's own mechanisms that are designed to protect its nefarious nature. That nature, seemingly subtle, is tearing at the very heart of our nation in ways that if unattended may ultimately render the patient unrecoverable. That patient is the United States of America.