Hey just happened to discover this message board while doing some googling today. I've been tired of Facebook debating since most of the people there I'm friends with have no clue what's really going on. I'm 27, I was in the US Coast Guard for 5 years. I now work as a Firefighter/Paramedic and also do Concrete on the side. I've got 4 kids and I recently became interested in politics and current events because I care about the future of my children. I consider myself an independent. I'm upset with our government. I can't affiliate myself with either party right now. I'm a Christian. Here are my political views: I consider myself pro-life across the board. I'm anti-death penalty, anti-war, and even though I despise abortion I realize that is my opinion and I shouldn't force it on anyone. I believe in global warming because scientists do. Usually they are right And it seems to me the funding denial are associated with oil companies and the like. I believe in complete separation of church and state. Religion should be as far away from politics as possible. In my opinion it's the job of the church and parents to spread the Word. I don't think it's right that the rich have gotten richer over the past 30 years and the middle class has stayed the same or become poorer. Therefore I don't believe in trickle down theory. I think welfare and caring for the poor/sick is important but I'd like to see the abuse of the system go away some how in the same way I'd like to see abuse of the system by huge corporations avoiding taxes go away. It seems to me it's just us the middle class paying for these abuses. I'm looking forward to joining in these conversations. It looks like a pretty good forum without too much bickering. I'm hoping it won't be too hard to separate truth from fiction on here. I guess I'll see you around posting!