I tend to lean to the right. For as long as I understood what it meant to be conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, I called myself a conservative Republican. In college, I wrote a newspaper column for 3 1/2 years brashly titled "No Left Turns."
In last year’s primary, I voted for Ron Paul for a couple of reasons. One, a lot of things he said made sense. Two, at least he sincerely believed in the things he said that didn’t make sense. And three, he’s a doctor. When Ron Paul predictably didn’t get the nomination, I voted against John McCain and for a Democrat, Barack Obama. The main reason was health care.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on October 19, 2009
Various analysts are blaming the current depression on people like me. The reasoning goes like this: I have money in the bank, therefore, I should be out spending it, for the greater good, to stir the economy.
Let’s correct that right now.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on March 4, 2009
Joseph brought up some good points in the comments for the previous entry, and I don’t think a short response does them justice. He wants to know what the personal finance experts have to say about the current economic crisis.
Suze Orman actually went on TV a few weeks ago and called it an opportunity of a lifetime. I’ll explain.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on October 18, 2008
This week, John C. Dvorak makes a good argument in favor of net neutrality.
I’m going to take it from a different angle. I am a conservative. While I rarely vote a straight Republican ticket, I am registered as a Republican. Republicans generally are against net neutrality.
They are wrong. I will assume it’s from a lack of understanding rather than bad intentions, but in this case, wrong is wrong. I’ll explain why.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on February 26, 2008
So Michael Moore has a new movie out, this time taking on the touchy topic of health care. I was a very outspoken opponent of Hillary Clinton’s plan 15 years ago. I’m extremely disappointed that the alternative plans crafted by the Republicans dropped as soon as the Clinton plan died.
I won’t argue that the U.S. health care system is terrible now. I will argue that some of the fault belongs to the person in our mirrors though. (And I don’t want to be rude, but Michael Moore needs to take some personal responsibility too.)
Posted by Dave Farquhar on June 26, 2007
Eminent domain is supposed to be used for the greater good, such as when a building is falling down and endangering people but the owner refuses to take care of the problem, or when a road is needed and there’s no choice but to take out buildings that stand in the way.
It’s not supposed to be used to bulldoze an auto repair business to make room for an art gallery.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on February 2, 2005
“If I had to choose between government without newspapers, and newspapers without government, I wouldn’t hesitate to choose the latter.” — Thomas Jefferson
Today, half of U.S. high school students surveyed believe newspaper stories should require government approval. Pravda, anyone?
Posted by Dave Farquhar on January 31, 2005
OK, so this is a bit late coming, and I haven’t really been able to think this through as well as I should, so I hope some other people will think through it with me. The problem: Our trade deficit is up.
The solution is to devalue the dollar. Supposedly.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on January 22, 2005
In case you haven’t yet, you really need to read about The INDUCE Act. The potential is for any device that could be used to illegally copy copyrighted material to become illegal, and the manufacturers of said devices liable for their use.
This is wrong for so many reasons. Take the example of the crowbar.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on July 24, 2004
Cringely has written eloquently about the effects of outsourcing to India.
Outsourcing hurts more than just IT.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on January 29, 2004