Scott versus Scott

Welcome to our blog. Here we will debate the days most serious topics and allow users the chance to discuss the topics as well. The range of topics will vary, but one thing will remain certain, the debate will rage on. Scott Lesinski is a proud conservative and Scott Jones is a proud liberal. However, the roles will switch on some topics. Stay tuned.

Scott Lesinski is currently an actuarial associate for a large human resources and insurance consulting firm in Saint Louis. He is also an avid student of US history and enjoys following current events, with an eye to their contextual relationship to the past. He is also, in fact, a former student of Mr. Scott Jones. Scott is working toward his FSA credentials, which is akin to earning a PHD in Actuarial Science.

Scott Jones is currently a high school social studies teacher at a high school in suburban St. Louis, MO. He teaches World History, AP American Government and Senior American Foreign Policy. He has a BS. Ed. (Secondary Social Studies) from the University of Missouri - Columbia and a M.A. (History) from Southeast Missouri State University. He is currently working on a dissertation in character education to earn a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Citizens United and Conservative Constitutional Hypocricy

My, oh my. Conservative judicial activism in alive and well on the Supreme Court.

In a long awaited decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the conservatives on the Supreme Court overturned precedent and 75 years of law. By doing so, corporations can know spend an unlimited amount of money to directly influence elections.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The One Year Report Card and the Massachusetts Senate Election

On Jan. 20, 2009, 2.2 million people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for President Barack Obama’s inauguration. They heard him say, “On this day, I come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.”

On Jan. 20, 2010, 2.2 million people went to the polls in Massachusetts. And 52 percent of them decided they Aren’t quite through with recrimination: Republican Scott Brown won a remarkable victory over Democrat Martha Coakley in a race to serve the final two years of the late Sen. Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy’s term in the U.S. Senate.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Based on whose Morality? Why the Income Tax and Government Welfare are wrong and destructive.

I believe it was in my tenth grade US history class that I first learned the concept of “tax burden”. In fact, it was Scott Jones who taught me this concept and back then, the explanation he gave resonated and made sense. His explanation was a defense of the system of taxation here in America known as the graduated income tax, whereby income earners pay an ever increasing marginal rate of tax on the next dollar they earned over certain breakpoints. He explained that this was the moral way to spread around the tax burden on society, since the poor had greater need for their fewer dollars and the wealthy could afford to pay.

Friday, January 15, 2010

A discussion on our public discourse

On June 10, 2009, James Von Brunn entered the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC and opened fire. Von Brunn was known Holocaust-denier and his actions were that of a dying man trying to fix what he believed to be an injustice – too much focus on the Jews.

Immediately after the attack, liberals attacked conservative talk radio for inciting the actions of a man that was always extreme, but never psychotic. A gross generalization, but it has some elements of truth. After all, the tone of many of these shows – and those on the left – is angry bordering on rage.

On November 5, 2009, Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood, killing 13 people in his rampage. The motivation for Hasan was his open hatred of American military policy against Islam, his religion.