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.
"I think in the U.S. and in most of the world the public understanding of economics is abysmal. But itís one thing not to understand something. I donít understand brain surgery. Itís another to want to form policies on things on which you are ignorant. I hear the wonderful phrase ďI want to make a differenceĒ when it comes to policy. I would be horrified if I wanted to make a difference in brain surgery. The only difference is more people would die on the operating table. The only encouraging thing about public reaction to the crisis is that going by polls citizens seem to have more misgivings about some of these policies than politicians or the media. Still, though there have been studies that indicate the New Deal prolonged the Great Depression by years, what is also clear is it was enormously popular. FDR was elected four straight times, and more than once without ever having brought unemployment down to single digits. An economic disaster does not necessarily mean a political disaster. If we could raise the average level of understanding of economics to what Alfred Marshall had in 1890, the vast majority of politicians would be voted out of office."
It is difficult for us to understand that the radicals of Roosevelt's era or ours do not fear economic failure, rather they see it as an effective controlling mechanism. It is. This is not new ground, but it is safe ground since only one side understands the rules.
As Voltaire saw, when we begin as dupes we eventually become knaves. That is all that is left to us if we do not wish to admit we were once easily controlled. Clearly we do not.
'Everybody knows.' 'The debate is over.'
When I read discussions like this one, I remember a line from Aliens. When the monsters are at the door, the Bill Paxton character whines "we're all goin' ta DIE!" Sorry but Obama is no FDR. Also, socially and culturally, this is not the 1930s. The raw materials to make a roaring bonfire of Obama's narcissistic ambitions are in plain sight. The question is who has the guts and gravitas to light the fire. The RNC and the Bigwigs of the Party? Hahaha.