IT Pilgrimage

A Journey From IT to Freedom

Good Questions That Need Answering

Posted by IT Pilgrim on September 26, 2008

Anyone who knows me, or has seen my bookshelf knows I am a huge fan of L.E. Modesitt, Jr. I recently stumbled across his blog, and to see someone who write so well in so many forms, I am doubly impressed. I just hope he does not mind me borrowing his words. The other day, he asked some questions, and I think we all need answers. Perhaps if enough people ask we can get some answers, if not solutions. I cannot think of a better way to spread the word that to, well, spread the typeface if you will. Hey, a girl’s gotta have dreams.  Without further ado, the questions:

Why is it that liberals — usually Democrats — are so ready to spend tax dollars to make sure that those who are less advantaged can attain the “American dream” and so ready to condemn and tax those who have actually achieved it?

Why is it that when a man with small children runs for public office, he’s hailed as a good family man while a female candidate for the same office is asked how she can handle the job and her family? Is this because we expect the job to be so taxing that the office-holder must neglect family and because no man is expected to take on family responsibilities? Isn’t that just chauvinism one step removed?

Why is it that so many conservatives — usually Republicans — are so fond of the Bill of Rights when it comes to the first amendment [freedom of religion] and the second amendment [owning guns] and want to ignore it so much when it comes to matters such as the fourth, fifth, and sixth amendments [freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, warrants, trial by jury, due process], especially when they apply to the poor and less advantaged, who are the ones who need those rights most?

Why is it that some political candidates declare that the answer to the pay-gender gap is that women should get more education when women have been getting more collegiate degrees than men for at least a decade? Or is what they mean that women have to have more education to get the same — or less — pay than men?

When government gives money to individuals who can’t make ends meet, it’s called welfare, but when it gives money to corporations, it’s called an incentive or a credit [or an absolutely necessary financial system reform]. Why the difference?

This is not all, just the part that spoke to me, said things I was thinking about, but do not quite have the ability to put into words. If any of my readers happen to be fans, check out his blog, it well worth reading, and was well worth the search.

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One Response to “Good Questions That Need Answering”

  1. Francois said

    good questions pilgrim

    my answer to all of them are: because it’s comfortable to do so. 😉

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