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Thoughts on Guns

April 12th, 2011

It’s pretty well established that GeekPolitics is a strong advocate of gun rights and ownership. I’m not here to argue sides though, I just want to share a few gun related thoughts and stories from the last year.
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Author: T.J. Seabrooks Categories: Gun Rights Tags:

Lets Kick Out The Idiots Without A Budget

April 11th, 2011

I get it. The two major American political parties disagree about how much money should be budgeted, how much should get cut, and where those cuts should be made. What I don’t understand is why these politicians can’t manage to do their job in a timely manner. Their job is one of compromise, you don’t get everything you want even if there are fundamental differences. No matter how diametrically opposed the two parties view points are there job is NOT to hold on to some rigid, unmoving, position. One of their key jobs is to pass a budget each year. It’s reasonable that compromises will be made and we don’t expect both parties to agree 100% with the result.

So far they are 6 months late on passing a 2011 budget. Six Months. Can you imagine what your life would be like if your project was 6 months late because you couldn’t get a long with a co-worker? I don’t know about you but I’d be fired. Alas, here we are with two parties engaging in partisan pandering hoping it will win them the next election the budget be damned. In these trying times it’s important to realize that while these politicians jobs may be to do things that help citizens their only real job is getting re-elected. I for one hope we kick out more incumbents next time around, institute term limits, or maybe both.

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Finding a Balance between the EPA and American Business

April 7th, 2011

The following is a guest post from Scott P. If you are interested in guest posting at Geek Politics, check out the guidelines here.

Throughout history, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been tasked with the responsibility of enforcing federal environmental laws in order to protect the public health. Recently though, the EPA has overstepped their boundaries. The agency has abused their authority, pushing policies without congressional consent that could potentially destroy millions of jobs, stifle the American consumer, and put U.S. industry at a global disadvantage.

With the Agency’s recent E15 waiver surfacing, many consumers are facing the prospect their vehicle suffering from a damaged engine or a void warranty. Furthermore, EPA’s push to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act was described by Sen. Lisa Murkowski as an “economic train wreck.”And as if that weren’t enough, the EPA’s strategy towards ozone standards could have a devastating effect on U.S. jobs; raising energy costs and diverting capital that could have been used to assist the flailing economy.

Perhaps the most irritating thing of all is that we, as tax-paying individuals, don’t get to see the payoff. What we do see, however, is the rising costs of oil, gas, and groceries. Instead, the EPA should focus on smaller, more tangible issues such as the elimination of easily play pokies online free located environmental toxins. The regulation of asbestos, a well known toxin that results in cancerous mesothelioma symptoms, would be a terrific target for the EPA. With the mesothelioma life expectancy being no longer than fourteen months at most, you have to wonder why the EPA doesn’t narrow their scope to the environmental issues we face as individuals of this nation.

Again, an overall concern for our planet’s livelihood is important, however the current opportunity cost for the EPA’s regulations tip the scale unfavorably for our nation. Slashing the EPA’s budget is a necessity if we wish to create jobs, improve business development, and regulate our deficit. Obama did admittedly propose a 2012 budget cut of $1.6 billion dollars to the EPA, but the cut is only intended to reduce funding for states’ clean water and drinking projects. The global climate change initiate of the EPA will continue to stand as an economic juggernaut. If the EPA could divert its attention from the entire planet our individual nation, it could remain effective with much less funding, ultimately promoting a greater balance between environmental conservation and the prosperity of American industry.

Scott P. is a political activist with a passion for economics. He is a recent college graduate with a bachelor’s in Writing. He one day aspires to be a professional journalist.

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