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I haven't made a political post in a long, long time.

I'd make one now, except just thinking about it depresses me. I was not happy about the results of the midterm, needless to say... and I am even less happy, if possible, about this "compromise" that Obama has made with the GOP on taxes. From where I sit, it smells more like capitulation than compromise. Give a lot, get almost nothing.

Obama is the most intelligent president we've had since Jimmy Carter... and, sad to say, he is looking more and more like Jimmy every day. A good man, but not a good leader. At least not so far. He doesn't seem to have the stomach for a fight. We need another FDR, another JFK, another LBJ. NOT Jimmy II. (And, yes, I know, Obama has accomplished some important stuff. But so did Jimmy. Camp David accords, remember?)

Yeats was writing about his own time in "The Second Coming," I know, but sometimes I think he was prescient:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

And could that rough beast whose hour has come round at least be... Sarah Palin?

No, please. Tell me that's just a bad dream. Somebody wake me up.



Robert W. Griswold
Dec. 16th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
If a compromise only had things you like in it, it probably wouldn't be a compromise.

Personally, I find the government debt extraordinarily troubling. I think, personally, that the bush tax cuts should be allowed to expire for some (I also believe strongly that the cutoff should be significantly higher then $250,000. It should be somewhere at or above $1Million). That being said, I believe that now is not the time to do that. The very act of raising taxes would have a cooling effect on the economy and I don't think now is the time for it.

Similarly I don't like extending unemployment benefits permanently, as I think paying people not to work for a period of two years is a bad idea. However, letting the benefits expire now would be bad, as it would cause a new wave of foreclosures and all sorts of negatives we cannot afford. I don't think we have jobs for all those people at the moment...

Many liberals are up in arms about the estate tax holiday. i don't understand this. I know on paper it seems like a lot of revenue is lost, but similar to capital gains, there are plenty of ways for wealthy individuals to skirt these taxes. If you wanna make the rich pay, you are gonna have to abolish trusts. Good luck. And the ones hit with these taxes are those with some money to pass on but without the funds to afford top rate legal advice. IE the middle class.

Regarding Sarah Palin, on some subjects I think her heart is in the right place. I think the media has harped far too much on her apparent gaffes, and mostly they quote lines given by her SNL persona. Nevertheless, I don't think I could really support her in 2012. I would likely vote for her over Obama, but I am hard pressed to think of a Republican for whom this is not the case.

I will agree to disagree about Obama's goodness. I'm don't believe that he is evil or even a socialist. But I do believe that he has political views that are out of line with most Americans, that he grossly misrepresented his intentions in the campaign and I can't think of a single major thing he's done that I really agree with (With the possible exception of this newest compromise - I haven't looked at it close enough to make a final determination, but from what I've seen it looks good). I think the Stimulus and Health Care in particular were both abysmal and could have been done so much better.


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