It is astounding how significantly one idea can shape a society and its policies. Consider this one.
If taxes on the rich go up, job creation will go down.
This idea is an article of faith for Republicans and seldom challenged by Democrats and has shaped much of today’s economic landscape.
But sometimes the ideas that we know to be true are dead wrong. For thousands of years people were sure that earth was at the center of the universe. It’s not, and an astronomer who still believed that it was, would do some lousy astronomy.
In the same way, a policy maker who believed that the rich and businesses are “job creators” and therefore should not be taxed, would make equally bad policy.
I have started or helped start, dozens of businesses and initially hired lots of people. But if no one could have afforded to buy what we had to sell, my businesses would all have failed and all those jobs would have evaporated.
That’s why I can say with confidence that rich people don’t create jobs, nor do businesses, large or small. What does lead to more employment is a “circle of life” like feedback loop between customers and businesses. And only consumers can set in motion this virtuous cycle of increasing demand and hiring. In this sense, an ordinary middle-class consumer is far more of a job creator than a capitalist like me.
The “first” NO may be difficult - after that it’s easy.
Virginity is still a virtue; lust is still a capital sin.
The way I dress, act and speak may be a temptation to my boyfriend. I will observe modesty for his and my own protection.
My parents have done so much for me I wish alsways to be a credit to them.
My boyfriend will be a husband and father some day. He must be a hero in the eyes of his wife and children. I will do nothing to prevent that on my visits with him.
I want to be a wife and mother. I will reserve my purity and affection for my husband and children.
If through my weakness, I should get pregnant, I will not take “the easy way out” by killing my unborn child.
I AM A RESPONSIBLE BOY
The parents of my girlfriend place their trust in me. I will not violate it.
I will respect my girlfriend as I expect other men to respect my sister.
I will respect womanhood because my mother is a woman; I will ask my girlfriend to do nothing that I would be ashamed of if my mother found out.
My girlfriend has given me the honor and pleasure of her company. It is wrong for me to expect more in payment for this visit with her.
My girlfriend will be a wife and mother some day. She must be an example to her children and the pride of her husband. I will help her to be as pure and decent as I want my wife to be.
Manhood means strength of character as well as body. Lack of self-control is a sign of weakness. I want my girlfriend to know I am manly.
God is everywhere, sees everything, knows everything. Darkness may hide from people, but I cannot hide me from God.
If through my lack of self-control, I should get a girl pregnant, I will not put pressure on her to kill our unborn child.
Ooo Ooo can I play?
I am a responsible woman
I lost my virginity when I was a teenager.
Knowing I was not ready to have a kid, I used contraception.
I have never been pregnant, unintentionally, or otherwise.
I have used condoms, hormonal birth control, and the morning after pill to prevent pregnancy, because I know that I am not prepared emotionally or financially for a child.
I know that sex is a shared experience between to people, to show love, or to have fun, or just because they’re bored.
Sex is not payment, or sinful, or a gift, or just the way we reproduce.
My husband wasn’t the first person I had sex with, nor I his, but we both know that a person’s worth, or dedication to a partner, isn’t based on their previous sexual experience.
I understand that some people find themselves pregnant when they know it’s not good for them, and I trust people to make the right decisions for themselves. It is not my place, or anyone else’s to decide for them.
Oh, let’s do it.
I am a responsible man.
My wife places her trust in me, I will not violate it. But her parents are not and never will be the focus of our relationship.
I will respect all women the same way- a waitress deserves the same courtesy that I would give my wife, my girlfriend, or my sister.
I will respect womanhood because women are people. But, again, my mother is not and never will be the focus of our relationship. My wife and I will make choices, together, whether they would be approved of by our parents or not.
My wife has given me her love and her trust. I will return that by not acting as if sex were re-payment for spending time with her.
My wife may be a mother some day. It’ll be our choice. She wasn’t a virgin when we met. Neither was I. It doesn’t make me love her any less, and it doesn’t make her any less fit to raise children.
Manhood means a lot of things. Anyone who thinks that showing any sign of weakness is “unmanly” is someone who has just demonstrated that I don’t give a shit about their opinion.
I will make the choices I have to make, and I will make those choices with my wife. Other people will make their own choices, and I will respect them for it.