In the spirit of opening up, I’m tackling another big topic for day 3 of Blogtober. Because politics are such a controversial topic, I feel like this warrants another disclaimer. These are my opinions, If you don’t like them, feel free to let me know. I’m not easily offended, and I’m open-minded enough to hear all sides of the issues. I love a good debate, but I’m not here to tell you how to think. That said, here are my political views.
The Current Political Climate
I am honestly exhausted by the current atmosphere here in the US. The only consensus with our politicians and news media seems to be that there can only be one correct side to an issue. The discussions have become very black and white, and in reality, there are good solutions if we allow room for shades of grey and compromise.
We need to stop looking at every issue as Democrat and Republican, or conservative and liberal. These are human issues, that make a real impact on the lives of everyday people. Instead of looking for problems in politics, we should be looking for amicable solutions.
I lean towards conservative politics on fiscal and economic policy. I’m all for social programs, but we need to have a way to pay for them. The basic economic problem is scarcity. There are not unlimited resources on this plant. Paper money has no value without the resources that back it up. Money is nothing more than a tool for trading goods and services, so printing more money is not a feasible measure (as I have unfortunately heard some politicians discussing recently).
Taking money from the top 1% sound’s great in theory, until you realize that even if you took it all you couldn’t even cover the current student debt. In the process, you would hurt the businesses run by these individuals, or run them out of the country entirely. That’s not to say that these individuals couldn’t assist in solving some of our monetary problems. I do not, however, believe that this should be a government-mandated issue. The private sector should be able to make decisions autonomously. Our country was founded on freedom, and despite the gap in wealth, I don’t think we need the government involved in our pocketbooks.
That gives me a good Segway into taxes. I’m not totally against them, the government does need resources to function. I don’t like the current tax code however, there are too many rules and loopholes. The tax code is thousands of pages long, and it could use to be simplified.
Personally, I’m a big proponent of the FairTax. This would essentially abolish the federal income tax and payroll tax as it currently stands, and replace it with a federal sales tax. So if you’re on a low income, and you only buy bread and cheese, you only pay taxes on that bread and cheese. And if you’re a wealthy individual who buys planes and yachts, you pay more taxes based on your inflated consumption.
With the FairTax, you keep all of your income, and for those of you who are self-employed or work in multiple states, you don’t have to worry about struggling with confusing tax forms at the end of the year. You have the ability to choose what you’re taxed on because you chose what you purchase.
I tend to lean my politics to the left on social issues, especially the ones that require little to no funding from the government. I’m all for the government staying out of my life, and I don’t think a bunch of politicians should be making my decisions for me.
If you want to get married, get married – to whoever or whatever you want. It doesn’t affect me one bit. If you want to marry a lamp, I honestly could not care less. Now if you’re on the other side of the issue your saying ‘but Kimmy, what about adults that want to marry children?’ or ‘what about people who want to marry their family members?’ – Well, those are extremes, I think you should have to be 18 to get married at all. I don’t even care if your parent’s consent, marriage is a big commitment that needs to be thought through. And as for marrying family members, we all understand the inherent problems with that, and I don’t believe it should be condoned either.
I’ll just be blunt. Gay people should continue to get married and lead happy lives. They should be able to adopt children and raise them without interference. If your objection is that your religion doesn’t agree with this, then don’t get gay married. I believe there should be a firm separation of church and state. Your religion should not dictate the law of the land, so keep it out of your politics. And if you have any objection to gay or lesbian individuals raising children, then I’ll tell you right now that that lamp I mentioned earlier could parent better some heterosexuals so it’s really a nonissue.
Another touchy subject, so hold on to your hats because I’m about to drop some truth bombs. Roe v Wade should not be overturned. Abortion should be available throughout the first trimester, and after that looked at on a case by case basis by a qualified physician. It’s that simple. Late-term abortions just for the hell of it are not acceptable, give the child up for adoption and let it have a chance at life. Outlawing abortion all together is also not acceptable, there are too many factors to consider. I am pro-choice and pro-life. This is another issue that can’t be looked at in black and white. No matter what your politics are this is an issue that needs compromise.
Criminal Justice Reform
Let’s stop locking up non-violent offenders, and pouring money into the prison system. I once got caught with less than half an ounce of weed in my car, and it cost me a night in jail and nearly 5,000 dollars in fees. 5,000 dollars that I didn’t have. Luckily I had a supportive family to help me. It’s no wonder that drug users turn into drug dealers to pay their fines, and end up right back in jail. It’s a bad system.
Rehabilitation facilities need to be more widely available, especially to low-income individuals. If we are going to subsidize anything, I’d much rather it be in the name of rehabilitation and mental health facilities, instead of prisons that don’t address the real issues. That’s not to say that murders and rapists shouldn’t be locked up, but the drug offenders and non-violent crimes make up over half the population of federal prisons. Check out these statistics.
The Student Loan Crisis
This one makes my head hurt. On the one hand, I would love to see the Student Debt wiped clean. My personal student debt weighs on me, and having it erased would be a huge burden off my shoulders. On the other hand, I knew what I signed up for when I took out those loans. I also am aware that there’s no reasonable way to wipe that slate clean and not cause an economic crisis.
Politics aside, the real issue that we need to be looking at in the future. The cost of higher education is just too high. In my opinion, we need to restructure the higher education industry. More universities should be focusing on low-cost online classes, especially for gen-ed courses. Textbooks could easily be available with updates for nominal fees online, rather than the outrageous amount they cost currently. And multiple editions are really unnecessary if you aren’t publishing hardback copies. If students are learning from home, then the cost of the brick and mortar institution goes down considerably, which should cut the cost of tuition.
What is my Party Affiliation?
The easiest thing for me to say is that I don’t have one. I’ve never been a straight party voter or a single-issue voter. I am a registered Independent, and I hope within my lifetime to see a change it the two-party system. If I had to pick a label, I’d say I probably identify most with the Libertarian party, although I don’t agree with them on everything. Mostly I think it’s important to pick candidates based on all of the issues and their leadership abilities.
What do you think?
Let me know what you think in the comments. Are you a political junkie? Or could you care less? Even if you don’t agree with my politics I would love to hear your opinion.
If you want to know more about me, then check out my other Blogtober posts.