Texas Liberal

All People Matter

Gay Marriage & Taxes—Yes. Sex In Public Bathrooms—No

Politically I am an economic liberal, a human rights liberal and a social moderate. 

As an economic liberal I favor a government that raises the taxes needed to help ensure a decent society. This is something we do not have in Texas. 

A decent society is one that, for example, guarantees health care for all and provides its people with a quality education.

I believe in a government that takes an active role in regulating the safety of the products we use and consume.

I favor a government that insists employers pay workers a decent wage.

I oppose any privatization of Social Security. I oppose the privatization of just about anything. 

As a human rights liberal, I support the right of all citizens to get married and join the military.

I view the gains of the Civil Rights movement as a cornerstone of our American freedoms no less so than the Bill of Rights.The gains made by women and gays in the last 40 years are also of great value and have made our country better. 

I don’t care what religion a person follows and I don’t care if someone is an atheist.

I don’t care where anybody was born. 

As a social moderate, I oppose the legalization of drugs.

I support efforts, within the bounds of the constitution, to regulate sexually orientated business places.

With Senator Craig in the news, I will also say that I favor policing public restrooms for people having sex.

As long as it is illegal, the police are right to bust people for such behavior.

I want to live in a decent society that is not some Wild West outpost. 

When I give my more socially moderate views, I feel sometimes I’m conveying the idea that I’m not fully tolerant on the broad questions of social justice.

Maybe this is, in part, because I’m not communicating my ideas well. It may also be because we often assume that a person who holds “View A” will automatically hold “View B.”

Yet every person and the views they hold must be considered on an individual basis.

So, on my part, a big yes to gay marriage and a big no to sex in public restrooms.

And, at bottom line, please pay all the taxes that you owe.   

September 7, 2007 - Posted by | Politics, Taxes---Yes!

7 Comments »

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    Comment by Charlotte Robinson | September 7, 2007

  2. I agree with you on everything except legalizing drugs and sexually-orientated businesses. By outlawing and driving these underground, we just create lucrative opportunities for criminals and make our society a more dangerous place in which to live.

    Comment by jobsanger | September 7, 2007

  3. Hello Jobsanger!

    I don’t feel sexually-orientated business places should be outlawed. I used the term regulated. For drugs, what about costs of treatement and cost in lives that would result from easier access?

    Miss Robinson—Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 7, 2007

  4. Tax the hell out of the drugs and use the proceeds for treatment programs.

    I really think there would only be a short-term spike in usage. The ones who really want to use are already doing it, regardless of the laws.

    Comment by jobsanger | September 7, 2007

  5. If the taxes were very high, might the problem still exist of some people needing to commit crimes to get drugs? Might we still have a black market for drugs where you could get them cheaper?

    Maybe you could get them on Indian reservations like my uncle in upstate New York used to go and get cheaper cigarettes.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 7, 2007

  6. There are always going to be a certain amount of criminals who will commit crimes to pay for their pleasures (drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, etc.). We already have laws to deal with these crimes.
    As for the black market, it would not be significant enough to attract the large crime syndicates (much like the small black market for alcohol today).

    Comment by jobsanger | September 7, 2007

  7. You get the last word.

    Unless somebody else comments.

    Thank you Jobsanger!

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 7, 2007


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