Location: Halstead, Kansas, United States

This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Another Conservative / Liberal Quiz

Your Political Profile

Overall: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Social Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Ethics: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tara- This was mine:
Your Political Profile
Overall: 40% Conservative, 60% Liberal
Social Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Ethics: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

6:39 PM  
Blogger Mr. Warsnak said...

Interesting profile. What is the deal with the liberal fiscal policies? What are your feeling in this realm? Just wondering. Let me know.

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Becky's quiz was: the polar opposite of Mr. Warsnak's
Overall: 10% Conservative, 90% Liberal
Social Issues: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Clemens said...

that's my political profile:

Your Political Profile
Overall: 35% Conservative, 65% Liberal
Social Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Ethics: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Wish u guys a great summer and some more relaxing school days!

2:16 PM  
Blogger Mr. Warsnak said...

Becky you confuse me. How do you end up with 100% liberal score on fiscal issues? Even our German friend Clemens comes out 50/50. I have a question for you. What is the advantage of government trying to solve problems instead of them working themselves out?

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Clemens said...

Well, even though I support free capitalism, I also believe that there have to be certain regulations on the economy. The work force's interests must not be neglected. Since many companies feel they don't have any moral commitments to its workers, the government has to interfere at that point. One example for this is the lack of a general health care system. But this does not apply to American companies only, one example would also be one of the world leading banks "Deutsche Bank". After having achieved a higher profit that expected, they announce that they will lay thousands of employees off. On the other hand, the managers are increasing their own salaries by almost 10%.
I think that it is obvious that most companies won't fix any problems concerning their own work force. They simply try to increase their own profits - whatever it takes. It is the governments responsibility to stop such action!!!!

4:26 PM  
Blogger Mr. Warsnak said...

Clemens, as always I really respect your opinions and I think your point would strong but I really disagree with this statement of yours:

"Since many companies feel they don't have any moral commitments to its workers, the government has to interfere at that point"

I totally agree that some companies do not have moral commitments to their workers but I would ask you to think about this: How many workers have moral commitments to their companies? I would wager very few people currently plan on working for the same company for their entire career. If that is the case than I can not blame compnaies for looking ouut for their shareholders over their workers. Now obvious both of our arguments can be taken to the dangerous extreme which is not either of ours point. My main concern is that I am not sure this is an area of major government involvement.

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Becky!
Mr. Warsnak, what do you find confusing about my results? I answered the questions in a way that I thought would help people more instead of just buisnesses and whatever.
I'd like to comment on your comment to Clemens. I'd really like to differ on your opinion on "how many workers really have moral commitments to their companies?" I'm sure that somebody that has been working 60 hours a week at the Breadbasket for most of their life really doesn't want to stay there for their entire career, but I think that they'd still want their companies to look out for them. A lot of people are in jobs that they really don't want be in, but it could be their only option--and if the company doesn't care about them and lays them off that's their fault? I know that a company has to look after themselves to keep going, but having no regard for their workers and wellbeing isn't good.
All those fiscal questions had tough choices, but I chose all of mine based on what I think the government should be more focused on--controlling unemployment, helping the poor, and having the rich pay more. Nobody wants to live in poverty, and even though there are cases of people who are just lazy and don't want to work hard, there are those that work more hours a week than most people and hardly have anything to show for it. And there doesn't seem to be much government help for these people, and it doesn't seem to be working itself out.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Clemens said...

Well, I too don't appreciate too much govt involvement in the economy. Germany is a perfect example for a country where labor unions have too much power, and the employers have too many obligations in my opinions. I think I should be mandatory to get rid of a lot of bureaucracy.
However, I feel that there should privilidges for companies who maintain domestic jobs in order to stop outsourcing....(I know that you disagree on that issue, too)
In my opinion it must not happen that the EU for example supports companies with subsidies for creating new jobs in the new member countries - yet they neglect the fact that those "new" jobs are simply taken away from Germany, France, England or other better developed countries...!!!!
I agree that cheap labor is helpful for the economy - but think about the fact that many US manufacturing jobs are shifted abroad. Doesn't the economy also lose potential consumers by laying them off, and thus reduce their spending?

2:15 PM  
Blogger Mr. Warsnak said...

Nice points from both Clemens and Becky. I undrstand what Clemens is saying about shifting jobs abroad and the potential loss of consumers in the marketplace from the resulting unemployment. as bad as that may be, I w believe it falls under the term of "Creative destruction." The idea that for new innovation to take hold, older ideas and processes must be pushed out or destoyed. Look at the film industry. Digitial cameras are probably hurting those companies that provide resources or produce camera film. While they do get hurt, that does not mean we should help them stay in business. Let them evolve or shut down and keep progressing forward.

I understand your point also Becky, and you are getting close to convincing me that unemployment is more important than inflation but you aren't there yet. I still see it as being up to business and employees to determine their working conditions. For example, if a business gains a reputation for treating worker poorly, paying low wages, and just being all around jerks then fewer people would work for them and they would have to hire the worst workers because better workers would go elsewhere (places that treat workers better). Now, I would probably guess that uninspired and unhappy workers are less productive than happy inspired workers which would mean that businesses that treat workers poorly would fall upon financial strain. This would hopefully lead them to reevaluate their treatment of employees and start to be more progressive.

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but then there are those buisnesses that just don't seem to care at all about their workers--I knew somebody who worked for Norcraft for a while. They have so many people lining up for a job that it doesn't matter if there is an uninspired or unhappy worker, they can replace them pretty easily. When it's that easy to just replace people, it seems like there really isn't a need to reevaluate the way they treat employees, so that is why I think the government would need to step in.
Anyway, I'd just like to say that I really don't really have that grand of a knowledge on fiscal issues, so when a quiz asks me which I would like to see fixed first--unemployement or inflation--I'll pick the one that helps people get jobs. I mean, both are important, but I'd like to see the people helped directly.

2:43 PM  

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