Government Is Not a Dirty Word

Good government is important. We need balanced discussion so that people can think for themselves and not rely on Fox or MSNBC too much.

My name is Doug Heckman and I will be writing a weekly blog/journal that addresses political issues.  As you know, we live in an area that is dominated by the conservative/Republican point of view. Often, what is called around here as liberal, but I call moderate point of view, is shouted down. I will attempt to elicit a dialogue with thoughtful readers, as I defend my point of view.

Conservatives/local Republicans believe in these tenets:  lower taxes, lower regulation, increased personal freedom, and literal interpretation of the Constitution.  The effective messaging goes on to say that if we are for this, then the other side believes the exact opposite.  I am here to say that very few Democrats want less freedom or want to pay higher taxes.  The “litmus test” mentality states that if you don’t agree with the laundry list of conservative principles, you are not a conservative.  In the long run, this is why the Republican Party will lose members and lose elections.  This is why I left the Party, or as I like to say, “the Party left me.”  Since there are only two real choices, I chose the far less judgmental Democratic Party.

Future journal entries will focus on a particular issue and may, or may not, defend the Democratic point of view.  I will actively point out hypocrisy on both sides of the aisle.

What I do believe is that we are a diverse community and active discussion is the only way to understand our “neighbors.”  People fear what they don’t understand. Shouting rarely produces understanding. I look forward to discussing the issues with you.

In my next piece, I will grade President Obama’s first three years in office. 

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Bob Chadwick January 30, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Regulation can be just as bad as no regulation. Regulations have intended, and unintended, consequences. The CAFE regulations, while improving gas mileage, also contributed to the poor quality of American economy cars (cars built outside the US did not count toward the requirements). The Community Reinvestment Act allowed for more homeowners put also created the vehicle to bundle sub par mortgages together for sale as bonds and contributed to the financial crash.
David Sibley January 30, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I have no interest in having my tax dollars being spent on campaigns (though unfortunately some gets spent that way already). Who gets to decide of how this money is spent? Why would we trust a central source with this power?
Doug Heckman January 30, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Greg - I totally agree that our tax system is broken. However, I do not think the FairTax is the answer. Refer to my website www.dougheckman.com for the reasons. We probably agree more than we disagree on tax issues. Bob - you are correct - I am for the "smart" regulations where the benefit outweighs the cost.
Doug Heckman January 30, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Karsten Torch January 30, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Doug, I think this will be fun. I am squarely between Conservative and Libertarian in my views about as far from the left as I can be on any test I take. That being said, I thoroughly enjoy having discussions with folks from the other side. If it's a good discussion, I even learn something, which I'm always willing to do. Hell, I'll even concede the point if I'm wrong. I'm just that kind of conservative. I'll go look at your FairTax discussion as well. Look forward to seeing your thoughts on it.


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