Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Colleagues

I am working with people of generally left of centre views. People in my office are dead against fox-hunting and whaling, dead against nuclear weapons, keen on organic food and seem to delight in criticising the United States. I fear some sparks may fly.

However, I am keen on reforming drug laws and think the government should spend lots on social housing, so maybe I am liberal enough to survive in a left-inclined workplace.

17 comments:

Palm boy said...

You'll survive well. Just don't pull that revolver out when you hear them talking about organic food.

Jim said...

Matthew those people are left of left. I think you are left of center. :)

God bless,
Jim

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Palm Boy, I'll unload those rhetorical bullets.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Jim, how dare you tell me I am 'left of centre'!

I am a Conservative to the core!

Earl said...

Got any advice of who I should vote for in the in the "Super Tuesday" primaries in Georgia? Georgia is open, so I can vote for any of the candidates.

You seem to be up on USA politics more than some of us.

Earl said...

Yes, exactly. Even though some elders will state opinions, I fear that my explicit opinion will cause undue pressure/alienation. I also a set have a set of personal priorities where I want to be apolitical in order to have a greater hearing for the gospel.

Heavens, I'm controversial enough with my Calvinism.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I like John McCain because I hold the perverse view that the amnesty for illegal immigrants was probably a good idea and because he seems more liberal than the other candidates.

I am a moderate conservative.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Earl, you are very wise.

Antonio said...

Matt,

are you conservative to the core or moderate?

I don't know what is comparable to the U.S. Constitution in England. I never took English government.

But I am sure that there is no inalienable right for the government to pay for housing.

Why should my money, which I earn with blood, sweat, and tears, be taken to house someone who doesn't want to use his God given potential to better himself?

The Wisdom and Proverbial literature in the OT speaks against the folding of hands.

Antonio

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Antonio

'are you conservative to the core or moderate?'

I favour some moderate policies, but I am firmly committed to conservative values.

'I don't know what is comparable to the U.S. Constitution in England. I never took English government.'

We dont have a written constitution. We have various traditions about the way the monarch runs the government and parliament operates. The system works because everybody knows they have to follow these conventions.

'But I am sure that there is no inalienable right for the government to pay for housing.'

In the UK, local government has a legal duty to provide housing to those who are unintentionally homeless.

'Why should my money, which I earn with blood, sweat, and tears, be taken to house someone who doesn't want to use his God given potential to better himself?'

Sometimes its hard for people to better themselves without some assitance.

With the high cost of housing in this country, it is simply impossible for many with low incomes to find a place to live and bring up their families.

Homelessness and inadequate housing causes major social problems. Governemnts cannot deal with these problems without addressing housing issues.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Rose~ said...

Hi Matthew,
It is interesting to read your thoughts on these issues.
I tend to think about government housing the way Antonio speaks of it. You use the phrase "unintentionally homeless." I suppose that would be hard to define. Is someone unintentionally unemployed? For how long can we say that? Can someone be unintentionally unemployed for 3 years? I just think if a society has a safety net like this public housing and assistance, it needs to expire after certain time limits. Wouldn't you agree with that? Otherwise, you will have people intentionally depending on the government (taxpayers) to foot their bills in life.

Rose~ said...

I think you will "get on" well with your work-mates. You seem to be a tolerant chap. :~)

(How's my British?)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Very good, Rose.

Though not everybody uses 'chap' here. Guy seems to be employed by younger people to refer to both males and females.

"You use the phrase "unintentionally homeless.""

Like if they are evicted because they cannot afford the rent or morgage. Or if they are somebody who has just been released from prison.

"Otherwise, you will have people intentionally depending on the government (taxpayers) to foot their bills in life."

Welfare dependance is a big problem, I agree.

The Conservative party seems to like your idea about an expiry date on benefits.

I am not sure I agree with the idea of a time-limit on benefits. I fear it could do more harm than good. But you may be right.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Palm boy said...

Matt, in the US, you'd be left of center. :D

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Even with my being:

Pro-Free market

Pro-life

Pro-gun

Pro-nuclear

Pro-War on Terror

Anti-Gay Marriage?

Jim said...

Matthew, I would hope that you are rather Biblical to the core.

Conservative is an everchanging word. For example John McCain is running as a conservative. I guess that makes me a ultra fundamentalist. :)

God bless, we still like you!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Jim, that is nice to know.