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.
"Obama, it would seem, wants to deny to others what he will not deny to himself. He wants to deny to the children of others what he will not deny to his own children. He wants to amass riches, but he doesn't want you to amass wealth. He doesn't mind private school for his own children, but he minds it for your children. He doesn't mind eating whatever he wants to eat, but he minds what you eat. He doesn't mind taking that 747 one frivolous trip after another, one self-serving fundraising after another, but he minds what you drive and how much fuel you use. And we can go on and on."
I’ve written before about the U.S. government’s motorcade culture. Just last month, it cost U.S. taxpayers half a million bucks to fly Obama and David Cameron to Dayton, Ohio, to pretend to enjoy a basketball game. I’ve attended previous “Summits of the Americas” and G7 meetings and other international confabs, and always heard the same story wearily retailed by representatives of the host nation — that the money-no-object Yanks are flying in a bigger and more disruptive presidential entourage than everybody else put together. At this point, the local official usually rolls his eyes, and mostly, but not always, leaves the thought unspoken:
“Americans! What do you expect?” The Queen routinely turns down requests from visiting U.S. presidents to reinforce the garden walls and replace the windows of Buckingham Palace — for an overnight stay. When the U.S. was the richest country on earth, the mad excess used to impress in a crude kind of way: If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Now it’s the Brokest Nation in History: America hasn’t got it, but still flaunts it. Which is kind of pathetic.
If I were a young person now, I would look for a future career as an Obamacare Death Panel member. You will have lots of work, and imagine how nice people will be to you, monetarily or otherwise, if they realize that you could make the decision at some point whether they or their loved ones live or die.
What Mr. Levin says would be of import if the American electorate were capable of understanding it.
Sadly, after generations of intentional dumbing-down by teachers' unions, most Americans are incapable of critical thinking.
So, Mr. Levin, what you say falls on deafened ears—mostly.
Critical thinking doesn't involve winning elections or democratic ideals I suppose PacRim, just emoting? Good, cause I like doing that as it's easy.
The richest nation in history is broke, but only to idiots.
Looking into some death-fantasy future, Steyn guesses doom and sells books with a dead Uncle Sam on it.
Repeat. Sell the kicking of the dreams. for the naive dreamers own good, but of course.
And yet America is the only broke entity richer than every other comparable entity. How stupid are people not to realize this? You want GDP? PPP GDP? What?
You people aren't dumb enough to compare America's assets to any other entity, are you?
No; you focus on future obligations, as we all should, but only to an extent not going past defeatism, much less fatalism, as Steyn does so very well so very often.
You want to feel a certain emotion presciently predicting doom; to feel better than Buckley as it were.
This is because America isn't broke, it's still so rich unimaginable waste (in aggregate) is guaranteed. Rising tides do lift Americans not drowning (or drown) in brain parasites. We make the rules. Canadians like Steyn don't understand this, is my conjecture, and therefore the domestic enemies shout doom again and again. Useful idiots or not, I am sick of the unBuckley, unAmerican attitude.
Lots of Americans will not be broke, and will live in the greatest nation in the history of Earth, unafraid of Steyn's despair and his overarching need to spread his anti-America phobias.
re Obama, i like Bogart's line in Maltese Falcon. Fat man's gunsel has just made a dramatic threat to fill Bogart's belly with lead. Bogart smiles him a big friendly grin, saying, "Yep, the cheaper the hood, the gaudier the patter." Of course, it flies right over the guy's head, it takes him three counts to realize he hasn't been complimented.