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"Hate to see the Retirement board waylaid by this political discussion. "


Both retirement and investing are influenced by political questions.
And retirement is a very individual circumstance - and individuals
carry their views with them in their pockets - like lint. And - for the
better or for the worse - we have government programs and policies
that do impact both retirement and investing.
There will always be a thread here or a thread there that brings out
individual's views on life, the universe - and politics or politically
skewed items.

But political discussions do not of necessity have to fall into a
propaganda-filled diatribe - although there is a rather disturbing
tendency for exactly this to happen on the boards - the "other
boards" intended for such things in particular. The ability to
maintain a level of respect for a different opinion is something
you do not tend to find on most boards.
So, as long as everyone knows how to "play nice", an occasional walk
into the shadow of the valley of political discussion will not harm
any discussion board irreparably.

Just not on a routine basis.

The problem with politics tends to be the "win or lose" nature of
debate - and elections I guess. And people do love to win. And to
win at all costs - even if winning entails declaring with a straight
face that your "opponent" is descended from the lowest and disgusting
slugs - when in fact the opponent is your brother or sister.
So, politics - and creating legislation - is considered a lot like
making sausage. Watching it occur will tend to turn one against
the idea of politics and creation of laws and enforcement of laws.
But our constitutional republic requires that we be involved - at least
to the point where we listen, express our opinions where helpful
and vote.
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