Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Instapundit has an ad link to SinceSlicedBread.com. The site supposedly contains 21 great ideas to make the country stronger and we're allowed to vote for our favorites. Sounds pretty compelling, huh?

Nope... it's a lame collection (with a few exceptions) of socialist rantings - very few of which are actually new ideas. Here are some of the fascinating ideas:

Medicare As A Single payer - Hillary-care!

Massive Public Works Projects

Civil Works Corps - more spending, again!

Blanket The US With Wireless Access - for free, of course

Universal Health Care - again

Extend Social Security Tax Beyond $90k - more taxes.... Hurray!

Ownership of Retirement Assets - uhhh... I guest they have never heard of 401ks and IRAs

These idea sounded a bit suspicious to me so I scrolled down to see who runs the site. At the bottom there is a logo that says SEIU with the tag line - "Stronger Together". Sounds like some left-leaning think tank.

I click on the logo... ohh... it's the Service Employees International Union. I guess it now makes sense.

There are a few reasonable, non-socialist ideas like teaching Personal Money Management to High School students that I voted for. Everyone should visit the site and try to only vote for the ideas that don't further the interest of the union.


At 3:33 PM, Blogger franky said...

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At 12:29 PM, Blogger Kevin Langdon said...

The trouble with this contest isn't just that the judging leaned to the left but that the contest rules were ignored and ideas that were not original were selected.

There was a tremendous amount of criticism of SEIU on the contest blog--which was removed just before the winners were announced so that the press wouldn't see the outrage of the participants who'd been hoodwinked into surrendering the rigths to their ideas when the actual criterion for winning was conformance with SEIU's previously published agenda.

The contest organizers also disregarded their rule giving priority to the first submitter of an idea; many of the 21 "finalist" ideas had been submitted by others earlier in the process (the ideas are numbered consecutively at the SSB website).

At least one lawsuit has been filed against SEIU and complaints have been filed with several states' attorneys general.

Kevin Langdon

At 7:33 PM, Blogger Alan said...

I wouldn't vote for the personal money management proposal because it involves accepting government's continued role in setting education curricula. Schools must be set on the path to eventual complete privatization and complete dependence on serving the customer's wishes. The latter won't happen as long as education is a government-mandated one-size-fits-all.


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