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Tom Tresser

Illinois Institute of Technology

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Should artists, creatives and TEDsters run for local office?

Richard Florida and others have written about The Creative Class. Is there Creative Class consciousness? What do all TED talks and TED talkers and TED attendees have in common? Is it enough to trigger political participation? Are artists leaders - that is, do we (you) have a set of values, experiences and talents desperately needed in public life. Hell yes. If you are reading this, run for local office and bring those skills and values into government. Before it's too late.

Read my argument in a slim manifesto you can download for free from Lulu @ http://tinyurl.com/AmericaNeedsYou.


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    Jul 14 2011: Annie we could spend a rousing evening around a Campfire. We almost agree on everything.
    I spent two minutes at the link watching popups etc before the article came up.
    Didn't like that.

    The writer actually said NOTHING!
    DId you read anything new or factual about the Illegals? Only history.

    We cannot afford Medical care for the illegals and their Children, when we cannot afford Medical care for the Old folks who paid taxes for Medicare all thier working lives.
    Is there some argument for the Illegals in that statment?

    Morals of Business people are not a problem, when the Restraints are there for the Lawbreakers.
    Business people make the best judges of a Budget. Not Liberals, Democrats or Socialists.

    You mentioned "Entitlements" . The DNC is using Medicare and SS as an Entitlement that needs to be cut.
    I started paying taxes in 1956.
    I paid my due into SS clear up till the 60's when they made it mandantory that we pay all year long.
    The Congress and The Senate spent our Tax dollars which put us into the debt problem we have today.

    If things were correctly handled, we'd go back and attach the earnings and holdings of all the Senators and Congressman who voted go pay out to the Welfare, Illegals, Druggies, etc. WIC is another example of people who made poor choices. Paying them off is the only way the Senate and Congress found to take the problem off thier backs.

    Who in America today would dare suggest we take from the Thieves, to pay down the Debt's they left us in?
    • Jul 23 2011: Mr Hopkins,

      I understand your sentiments concerning illegal immigrants - it is indeed disconcerting to know that as medicare coverage is likely to decrease for American citizens, more and more illegal immigrants pour into the country, further diffusing the available funding. However, I don't think you give the article posted a fair chance. The statistics it provides should instill the idea that the problem with these programs is not with the immigrants, it is with the programs themselves.

      In order for government funded healthcare to work, even in one program such as medicare, taxes need to be high. Healthcare is expensive, and as more and more of the population gets older, and problems such as metabolic syndrome become more prevalent, it will only get more expensive. Moreover, due to the rising amount of elderly people living longer, the money required for Medicare and social security is not obtained through the taxes American citizens pay. I understand your frustration at having payed taxes your whole life, only for the government to be talking about cuts to these programs. But the point is, illegal immigrants represent such a small percent of the total funds, that these programs would be failing with or without their presence. The problem is the program design itself, not the immigrants.

      As for programs such as welfare, I agree - simply paying money to these people, forcing them to live check by check, is not a long term solution. However, the social programs necessary to help these people support themselves are not in place, and likely will never receive the funding they need to be in place.

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