After taking the test, I found that I am a post-modernistic thinker.
This basically means that I am generally supportive of government, but really in the hope that we will reform our view of regulation and sustainability as a tool for a prosperous future. I was very interested to see my score on the political view test, and it really does seem to be accurate. Throughout the 16 day shutdown, I felt more so that the government was being childish than anything. Although the Republican party knew that it wouldn’t succeed in not raising the debt ceiling, they pushed for a long time, costing us approximately 26 billion dollars to our economy according to Standard & Poors. I strongly opposed the shutdown, and felt that we really just needed to make a decision and go with it. After 16 days, we have gone with the decision to raise the debt ceiling for now, but who is to say that we won’t be having these same grueling arguments in February when the debt question will be up again.
So, I have stated my opinion. I think that the government shutdown was at the fault of childish behavior, and it costed us 26 billion dollars. I began to search for an article that would counter my thinking, and support the Republican argument. I actually struggled to find an article with this opinion, but Forbes contributor, Pascal Emmanuel-Gobry was brave enough to support the shutdown. Here, is Pascal’s Article.
The interesting thing is that Pascal argues that Obamacare will threaten innovation in the Healthcare industry. Hm, so here I am thinking that the Republicans aren’t thinking about the future, but in reality they care about innovation for the future. So, although I don’t agree that the shutdown was justified, at least it shows that the Republicans were concerned that Obamacare will inhibit growth in the future. I feel that this exercise of finding a counter argument really added value to my view on the shutdown. It comforts me that at least the republican debate supports future innovation, and being a world leader.
I learned that it is very easy to just take an opinion, even if you don’t take the time to gather the facts. But in reality, this quickness to form an opinion can actually hurt our ability to make informed decisions. If I would have at least looked into what the Republicans argument was, maybe I could have learned that my post modernistic views may align with the Republicans who stress sustainability and innovation for the future.