Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Mid-Term Elections

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

So, Tuesday was Election Day here in the States, so Megs and I went out and voted like all good little citizens should. Some votes went our way, some did not, but that’s not what I wanted to write about.
I think our current system of “winner-take-all” politics is stupid. If the vote goes 51%/49%, that means that the elected official is only representing barely half the population, and the rest are out in the cold for the duration. That’s dumb. For example, In California we have definite urban areas, largely Democrats, and definite rural areas, largely Republicans. If there’s a vote in the state congress for “should water in this river be used for farms or for lawn-watering & swimming pools?”, that’ll divide the two groups nicely, and a lot of people will lose. If your guy/gal is in office, you get your water; if not, you don’t. This just seems broken. If your guy/gal got almost-but-not-quite-enough votes, you should still have some say as a citizen.
I don’t know a good solution to this, but it’d be nice to see some kind of compromise-rewarding system. To use my earlier example, some water could be for lawns/swimming pools, and some for farms. But it seems that compromise it viewed as weakness in political circles and it only serves to invite your destruction.
Any ideas?

Net Neutrality

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

I always liked Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). I like that he’s standing up for the basic principles of the Internet. For those who haven’t heard the term, “net neutrality” basically means that all packets on the Internet are created equal and should be delivered without thought as to who sent them or where they are going. Many Internet service providers are currently trying to make it so that sites that paid would get priority traffic — but how do you prioritize one service’s packets without de-prioritizing other sites’ packets? This is an issue that matters to me a great deal, and I’m glad someone is standing up for it.

… and the Great Pumpkin

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Things never to discuss with people: politics and religion. As you may have already noticed by the image below, this is about the former:

Obama Logo

I know some of my readers are supporters of Obama, some of Clinton, and some of McCain. However, this is my blog and he’s my guy. I think he’s got a good outlook on the future of our country. I think he’s an inspiring presence. I believe he is a man of integrity. He reminds me a lot of President Bartlett from “The West Wing.” I agree with many of his positions on the issues that matter to me and I think it would be amazingly awesome if he became our next President.
So yeah, that’s about as political as I get. My future posts this week should be of lighter stuff, I promise.