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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. 17th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Actually
"You say the rich have benefited the most, I say the rich have provided the most benefit. People who have started businesses, created job, developed inventions, people who live responsibly, within their means, and save, people who invest in other businesses to help them grow (aka venture capitalists). Where would our country be without these people? "

Being intelligent and hardworking does not mean that one will earn more usually. I come from a rather poor family and studied mostly thanks to the schlarships and state schools. And I worked the hell out of me to be an electronics engineer. Still, even a supermarket owner who inherited the business from his father gains much more than I earn. Thank god, I am not poor like my family used to be but I know how it is to be poor. I am not in the US but I am living in a capitalist system, too. I can say that the richs should be smart enough to care for the poor. The taxes that favor the poor are only a fan for the capitalist machine. Without the fan, the machine burns.


George R.R. Martin
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