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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 02:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Actually
Well, I can tell you that we can cut 100% of discretionary spending and not erase the defecit long-term. So please tell me, in light of no tax increases what gets slashed: Social Security, Medicare, or National Defense?

All three mobeus. SS needs the age increased, and it needs to be means tested. It is kinda a bad incentive to do so (it would punish people who are responsible and save for retirement on their own) but it should be done. I also think a portion should be privatized, and by that I mean put into an account with your name on it which the government can never take money from. Defense spending needs to be cut, especially nation building spending. I'm not so much for cutting spending on advanced weaponry, because that provides a lot of jobs, a lot of offshoot benefits (the Internet, etc) and as such kills multiple birds with 1 stone. Medicare and the whole healthcare system needs common sense market based reforms that will slow the rate of medical inflation. (Obamacare does not do this).


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