Friday, August 14, 2015

Makes Absolute Sense...

And so my focus of my efforts — through the Carson Scholars foundation and in countless speeches before young inner-city audiences over the years — is to open the doors to possibility. The desire to do something provides the seed for its ultimate fruition. As a society we should, by nurturing that desire through programs and policies that invest in people, encourage them to achieve their God-given potential.

This calls for a new model in public policy that departs from the traditional progressive model. What I am advocating is that civil society — including the corporate sector, education community, the religious establishment and philanthropic institutions —invest in people, to empower them with tools in the form of education and character development, role models, and concrete pathways into productive and rewarding work.

The dilemmas of race and entrenched, intergenerational poverty have proven intractable despite the mountains of money that have been poured into solving them over the past 50 years. Moving beyond them will require a paradigm shift from focusing on attacking the problems to creating conditions that foster opportunity and growth.
Ben Carson, GOP Presidential Candidate

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  1. That's fine. Why not do both? His suggestion as well as "the traditional progressive model". Which I assume means government investing in people. More investment re both models could only be beneficial.

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    1. You assume? You do know what assume does right?

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  2. The devil is in the details of which he provides nothing.

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    1. True. But can you refute the truth of his underlying principals. And what specifically is the progressive's response to Dr. Carson's principles?

      Criticizing is the easy part. Go positive.

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  3. The traditional "progressive model" is of government serving itself; of tight central control, with the "invest" priority being the wealthy nomenklatura.

    I think i see what RN sees: a challenge for new thinking. And as for Jerry's question, I doubt he put the "hope and change" thing up to the same scrutiny 7 years ago that he demands now, and ignored the devil and the details both.

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  4. Yes, the challenge is to seek out and find new thinking. Thinking that leaves partisanship at the doorstep, is based on reason rather than emotion, thinking that consider sound ideas as capital and opportunities for improvement and progress. Thinking that rejects reactionary positions because they stand in the way of forward movement.

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    1. And toward that end, RN, this means looking at policies based on their own merits, and not as to whether or not they will help or damage a political party.

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  5. What should be of primary concern is how policies and decisions will affect the health and strength of the country; which is of course the people.

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  6. the good Dr's thinking is not new. It is basically what everyone on both sides of the aisle says. It is the implementation that's different.

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    1. And that... said that way, I can agree with...

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  7. So, given the basis of agreement what details would you each by into?

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  8. RN: To me, it all looks good. Remembering that great care as always must be taken around " the religious establishment". I doubt anyone here really wants government funding churches.

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    1. ...or churches funding government! And we shouldn't have corporations funding elections.

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    2. Yes, Jerry. As I accepted the very general framework put forth by RN a while back, and I still accept it.

      I raised "loopholes" back then. like about someone very rich campaigning at will. Now we have an example of this loophole dominating headlines.

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  9. Dr. Carsons words quoted in this post, as well as the premise behind the words are sound. They are an echo of principles that once made America great.
    Accepting personal responsibility combined with
    business and government investing in people (our greatest resource) is how our nation will remain strong and vibrant.

    It is advisable that church and state maintain that wall of seperation that Jefferson enunciated so well all those years ago. It is also imperative we slay once and for all crony capitalism/corporatism. In line with this Citizens United must fall if we are to avoid falling into an oligarchic plutocracy. In other words avoid a ne

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    1. o feudalistic society.

      Dr. Carson gets some of it, but not all of it.

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    2. Companies worry about spending money giving a worker skills - then the worker taking those skills and getting a higher-paying job elsewhere. That's why they prefer to hire someone who already has a lot of experience - because someone else paid for that experience.

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    3. Having been a manufacturing manager for years I know first hand what you say is true. In fact I either preferred to promote from within or hire new "new blood" with experience. Entry level positions requiring little skill or training not so important.

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    4. Well, doesn't that present a problem re Carson's proposal? A fix might be to offer tax incentives to companies that train people, but wouldn't that NOT be a departure from "the traditional progressive model"?

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