We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Norman Mattoon Thomas (Nov. 20, 1884-Dec. 19, 1968) - some of us are old enough to remember him running for President - was a leading American socialist, pacifist and six time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America.
Norman Thomas said this in a 1944 speech:
"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of "Liberalism", they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." He went on to say: "I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform."
The current power grab for economic centralization and control is something new in it's 'audacity'. The socialists have been happy to work incrementally up to this point. In effect, an attempt is being made to fundamentally change the relationship between the people, the states and the central governmnet under the guise of managing a 'crisis'. It appears however, that they may have taken too big a bite too soon. In two years it will become painfully obvious that the socialists have played their last hand. An additional 15% of last years GDP may be coming under their control but it will be a disaster for the country. The people and the states will tire quickly of the mismanagement. It will be time to start over, hopefully under the principles outlined in our Constitution.
My Dad voted for Norman Thomas in the 1940 election. But by 1941 he saw that war was coming, joined the Army, and spent the next four years in the service. These days I think he is feeling nostalgic for his youthful idealism and has taken to calling himself a socialist.
The policies of this administration may lead toward a severe devaluation of the currency within a regulatory environmnet which makes it amost impossible to move toward production and away from debt based consumption. There's no way out under their scenario. They speak about raising taxes on the rich as the economy contracts, not to pay for this stuff but in the name of 'fairness', rather than allowing markets to clear. Who will invest without potential returns? There is little left to take through regulation or taxation, without destroying what productive capacity is left. You can pretend that increases in debt to fund more government is a solution but it's not. Economic reality will always win out, eventually. Who will buy the debt without much higher yields? Will people be looking toward the federal governmnet for additional solutions to problems caused by governmnet intervention and over-reach? The death of contemporary liberalism is right around the corner. This isn't 1932. We've been there, done that.
You and I and most of the people who frequent this blog know that. But we were at a dinner last night with a number of people, about half of them civil servants. They are still in love with Obama. Completely. They don't have the background to see the causalities the way we do. If Obama's strategies fail it will be because they were not sufficiently drastic. One trillion wasn't enough - it should have been five trillion.
Our knowing what is likely to happen is good but insufficient. We need to do a much better job of telling the world what is likely to happen. And after something bad has happened, telling America precisely why it has happened.
I know... bad theater. I was a bit harried as it took me three stops to get three separate items this evening, and the only one I was lacking at this point was Geary's HSA. Dinner guests were enroute and I had no time for small talk with the somnambulists.
If it's any consolation, the dash was more of a skip. ;->