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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.



Dec. 16th, 2010 09:36 am (UTC)
My .02 $
I read just a part of comments, but as a neutral party i want to share some thoughts. Probably gonna be a long post, so I assume most wont bother reading... I like to call my self a "classic liberal" with strong belief in personal freedom and personal responsibility, and I must say I am actually bothered by this modern use of liberal to mean left-leaning as I find it, personally, a perversion of the word "liberal". And as I see in the US right now no party protects freedoms and I am quite libertarian leaning in the way that I oppose democracy as "the tyranny of the mob". Democracy should refer just to common issues.

That being said I think the main issue with the US, and every other country, is that it's way to polarized, and despite people calling themselves moderate, very few are. Everything is partisan and ideological. I read many comments to various politics end economy articles and most have very little critical thinking on the issue and are mostly keeping the ideological lines. Both the right and left ideologies right now are, with all due respect, simple brainwashing from politicians who want to buy votes, politicians with little qualifications to lead a country, mostly lawyers and they get elected by promising to spend other peoples money. Obama may be smart but I don't see how that qualified him to take macroeconomic decisions.

I live in a former communist eastern European country and I can say one thing for certain. Big government does not work and left ideology is the path to ruin for a society. Most here being socialist will disagree, but the truth is that government is inefficient and cannot give someone prosperity. I am not comparing US to communism, but that is where left ideology leads to, sometimes fast in a revolution sometimes slow over centuries. I hear many people giving the northern european systems as example, but those systems wont last long in this current form, they benefited by some very special global conditions. Most welfare states in Europe are destined to bankruptcy in the long run, as they are just Ponzi schemes, they work great until the crash. A bit of background on my beliefs.

Regarding taxation, I believe no tax increase should be allowed until the government cuts wasteful spending. Government, a coercive monopoly, has no way of correcting inefficiencies, the only way of reducing them is reducing government. Allowing tax breaks to expire would not fix the problem, which is spending, because it sends the message to politicians that they can continue spending and just increase taxes. off course, I generally support a flat tax rate, not increased taxation on people declared arbitrarily rich (why 250k and not 240 or 260 ?). I believe in free markets, not government spending, as the economy is something to complex to be regulated by various bureaucrats. Regulation should be clear and minimal (I unlike many libertarians believe in some environmental regulations for example ).All centrally planed governments failed and every economy that moved from regulation to freedom prospered. All citizens should get equal protection, equal treatment. Taxes should go to common goals - infrastructure, defense (not in the invade small countries kind of way), justice and law enforcement. And maybe some minimal, short term, social spending. That can be achieved with low taxes not the overbearing ones prevalent right now in most OECD countries. I am especially bothered by some on the left who claim that the tax deal is "giving" rich people money as it assumes that all income belongs to the government and they give you some of it. Taking less does not equal giving. I am also against this ideal of wealth redistribution as it implies arbitrarily taking money from some people, wasting most of it in government bureaucracy and giving a small part to other people.


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