I've been watching a lot of political shows lately, from both sides of the spectrum. I've seen stuff by John Stossel (libertian), Penn & Teller (libertarian) and Michael Moore (super socialist). The part that seems really weird is that the polar opposites Michael Moore and John Stossel seem to fundamentally agree on a lot of things since most of government activity could be classified as pork projects. Fence at the Mexican border: Penn & Teller did a demonstration of how retarded this idea was. They paid some Mexican illegals to build a high quality fence similar to what would be put on the Mexican border then timed how long it took for those same Mexican workers to get through/around the fence. 2 of the Mexicans went over the fence (it was a very high fence), 2 went under the fence, and 2 went through the fence. For all 6 of those Mexicans to get to the other side, it took 3 minutes. Will building a several thousand mile long fence stop Mexicans from entering the country? Yes... for about 3 minutes. Retarded. Requiring a passport to move between Canada and USA We are very good trading partners and we've been friendly nations for a very long time (since the war of 1812 ended). After some terrorists from Saudi Arabia attack the US, Canadians are now evil? What? Some hillbillies even talked about building a wall to prevent Canadians from entering the US, which is hilarious because historically it has been the other way around (see: Vietnam, Iraq). Corporate Welfare If John Stossel, Penn & Teller, Michael Moore, and Ralph Nader all think this is retarded, there's probably some truth to it. Why do we keep paying for stuff that isn't self sustaining? If I start a construction company and it tanks, I wouldn't get a hand out, so why should the farming industry get a hand out? If farming somehow fundamentally more important than construction? Who knows. Regulations At one time people didn't need a driver's license. Then you needed a driver's license. Now people in Alberta, Canada need 3 licenses before they're fully qualified to drive a Geo Metro. A newer one is boating license. I've been camping at a popular lake for the past 21 years and I've never even heard of a boating accident; never. You're probably more likely to die from a plastic bag than from a boating accident. We should start licensing plastic bags; actually, they're already becoming illegal in some cities. Horrible Police Crime is somehow not important anymore. When choosing between stopping crime and handing out traffic tickets, traffic tickets always wins. My city, Edmonton, is the murder capital of Canada, and nobody wants to admit the obvious truth that it's because we don't have police to stop crime anymore. They're all on busy roads giving out speeding tickets, just conveniently ignoring the crime happening around them. Murder is apparently acceptable, but you better not drive 70 in a 60 zone, doing that could kill people! All of these rants are cliche, but that doesn't mean they're wrong. How or why did things get this bad where our governments don't seem to have any common sense? Politicians almost act like religious zealots who take pride in maintaining faith even when statistics and reality fly in the face of what they preach.