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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.

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raduionescu
Dec. 16th, 2010 09:37 am (UTC)
Part two
Again sorry for the length don't mean to be spamming ...

The problem with welfare is that in the end it will end up with a larger number of parasites and profiteers than people who actually need help. If people were taking welfare only when in absolute need there probably be a lot less need of it, but in reality it creates moral hazard for some, a welfare trap for others and does little to assure prosperity. It also takes away the idea that each and every person is responsible for his prosperity and that it should be given by government, the idea that hard work is the way to a good life. It creates various privileges that pretty soon become "rights" and it feeds the privileged group of career politicians and government workers, getting more and more benefits when private sector people are losing theirs, and it divides society by means of artificially induced "class warfare". Also it sends the message that its not people who should take care of each other. I herd many a time, in the face of some problems, people saying the government should do something, not we should do something. And if you follow news in Europe you will see that as much as government and welfare increased, it did little to solve most social problems.

Another problem with the US is the Federal Government. I have worked in several companies of different sizes and I can tell you the bigger the management structure the more inefficient it is. Of course you need big entities for big projects, but you should do at department level everything that can be done. The government is the same inefficiency increases exponentially with size. You cannot govern 300 mil people centrally. Even those who admire northern European countries, those countries have 4-5 million people and still they have most done at local level. Federal should cover defense, supreme court justice, diplomacy and external affairs, some form of federal police and interstate highways. The rest should be left to state governments, county, city etc . Which would also solve a lot of the division of society.

And I'm done ...

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