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.

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Third Depression? Why Paul Krugman may be right, but for the complete opposite reason.

In today's New York Times Op-Ed, "Economist" Paul Krugman stated:

"We are now, I fear, in the early stages of a third depression. It will probably look more like the Long Depression than the much more severe Great Depression. But the cost — to the world economy and, above all, to the millions of lives blighted by the absence of jobs — will nonetheless be immense.

And this third depression will be primarily a failure of policy. Around the world — most recently at last weekend’s deeply discouraging G-20 meeting — governments are obsessing about inflation when the real threat is deflation, preaching the need for belt-tightening when the real problem is inadequate spending."

I did not until now believe that someone could seemingly understand economics, have done any amount of research into the the worst Depression of US History - that being the Great Depression of 1929-1941 - and be able to say something so ridiculously wrong.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Rule of Law and the Gulf Coast Oil Spill

It's becoming more and more apparent that the Obama Regime doesn't much care for our Constitution. He admitted as much back in 2007, stating that the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties - that is it says what the government cannot do to us. He doesn't like these limitations put on government and its showing.

The most recent example of the Obama destruction of the rule of law in this country is the $20Bn shakedown of BP. Now I know many of you (myself included) think that BP made a bunch of mistakes and deserves to pay for its faults. Hayword (the CEO) clearly has a PR problem. However, I have to stand and proclaim clearly that this $20Bn "escrow account" to be managed by an "independent third party" (a laughable joke - Kenneth Feinberg, the guy Obama put in charge of docking top executive pay, is this "independent party") is completely unconstitutional and is an utter disgrace to the criminal and civil court system we have in this country for dealing with problems of this type.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Not just the party of NO – The Republicans’ Roadmap for America’s Future

In recent months, many on the left have accused the Republicans in Congress of being simply the party of “no”. President Obama himself has accused congressional Republicans of just sitting on the sidelines and hoping for him to fail because they’ve made a political calculation that if he fails, they’ll win in November.

The problem with this accusation is that it is completely false. Do Republicans and conservatives want Obama’s agenda to fail? Of course! We know that his agenda will ruin America as we know and love it. We know that taxing more wealth away from the private sector and spending trillions of dollars that we don’t have will only further stagnate our already fragile economy and ultimately, as predicted by economist Art Laffer, could lead to a secondary collapse of the economy – otherwise known as a double-dip recession.

The point of this post is to discuss some of the ideas percolating on the Right. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin put together “A Roadmap for America’s Future”.