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.
Having praised President Obama's job performance in two recentcolumns, it is with regret that I now worry that he may be deepening what looks more and more like a depression and may engineer so much spending, debt, and government control of the economy as to leave most Americans permanently less prosperous and less free.
Other Obama-admiring centrists have expressed similar concerns. Like them, I would like to be proved wrong. After all, if this president fails, who will revive our economy? And when? And what kind of America will our children inherit?
The decision not to procreate is a big one. I have no idea whether you would make a good parent or not. Only you know.
The demographic outlook for the West is grim. Birth rates in Europe, Japan and America are at or below replacement rates, while birth rates in third world countries and in the Islamic world are many times above replacement rates.
One could argue that Europeans, Japanese and Americans should dramatically increase family size if the preservation of Western civilization is important.
We always hear about the power of the "big money lobby" which, of course, is not a monolith but composed of many individuals and groups. What I can't understand is why "they" have been unable to bring their enormous power and influence to bear on the Obamas to stop this nonsense and do first things first- like stabilize the credit markets?
We are seeing substantial wealth evaporate before our eyes every day and so far all we've seen is much hand wringing. Have all the big money people sold short like Soros and therefore they are getting their fair share per usual? As The Barrister pointed out the other day, why not restore the uptick rule which was in effect for many years following the Crash of '29?
Until we see less government spending of money we'll never have, and more stabilization of the credit markets, what hope is there for restoration of business and consumer confidence? Where is the outrage from the millions of average citizens who have invested in America's economic future?
They're selling postcards of the hanging
They're painting the passports brown
The beauty parlor is filled with sailors
The circus is in town
Here comes the blind commissioner
They've got him in a trance
One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker
The other is in his pants
And the riot squad they're restless
They need somewhere to go
As Lady and I look out tonight
From Desolation Row