Friday, June 5, 2009

Opinions

Ok, so I try not to rock the boat and offend other people with my opinions, but they have no problem offending me with theirs. So, here are a few things to get off my chest.
Unpopular opinion #1: Our taxes are too low.
Unpopular opinion #2: We should ditch the penny and switch the dollar to a coin. Think of all the tax money we could save.
Unpopular opinion #3: The post office should stop Saturday delivery. There would be griping, but it wouldn't really make much difference.
Opinion #4: The government really needs to get out of the business of legislating morality. This means gay marriage should be allowed because the whole man/woman thing is religious morals. This also means abortion should be between a woman, her doctor and the father of the baby (and on this note, can we improve sex ed so maybe we can reduce the need for abortion?)
Unpopular opinion #5: Mandatory sentencing should be scrapped, especially for drug crimes. Why do we spend so much imprisoning people who aren't a danger to society?
I think that's all for now. 

2 comments:

  1. Re. #1: When a 30% APR on a credit card becomes illegal, THEN I'm willing to talk about higher taxes.

    Re. #4: Mandatory sentencing was introduced to address radical discrepancies between the average sentences handed out by different judges. It's not about how bad the crime is, it's about makeing the crime equally bad, no matter what judge you get. (Kind of the same way that grading on a curve is meant to give you the same chance at an A that the students of other professors had.) That said, I'm all for LOWER mandatory sentences.

    And our drug laws need a complete overhaul. They're just plain not working. They incentivize all the behaviors we're trying to prevent, and cost us billions just maintaining the status quo.

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  2. Both good points. I think you really explained better on #4 what I'd like to see.

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