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.
There are two sorts of Americans, the "What can I get?" Americans and the "What can I do?" Americans.
Some folks might wade through the Rio Grande for "What can I get?", but I think most of them, like the ones who immigrate from further afield, come because of "What can I do?" Nowadays, it's mostly smart, ambitious Asians who can write code but are also willing to do the night shifts at the minimarts (kind of crazy to see work-free Americans on welfare in the minimart lines while the Asian or Haitian keeps busy at the check-out counter practicing his or her English and studying some textbook between customers).
Land of Opportunity, and all that. Whining and whinging not allowed here. There is still more freedom here to pursue your life goals than anywhere on earth, and leisure is not a traditional American life goal. In fact, the original Americans considered leisure to be disreputable if not shameful except on Sunday, after church.
It was the banks that first felt the lash of Mr Hollande’s tongue when he declared that his “true adversary” was not Mr Sarkozy but “the world of finance”. The president, who has spent almost his entire career in the public sector or working for his party, once said: “I don’t like the rich."
If you hate the world of finance, don't borrow and don't invest. It's simple. Also strange, since Hollande has become very wealthy working all his life for government and in politics, and all of his friends and girlfriends are rich. He has the parasitic mind, and parasites hate their hosts because they are ashamed of their dependency.
Anyone, anywhere can pursue one's life goals.
What has distinguished America for much of its history is the higher probability of reaching them with education and effort.
I read hundreds of American R&D reports each week, but when I see that their lead authors are often Chinese, Indian, and European nationals at American universities, I wonder what opportunities will be available to American children in the future.
American politicians seem more occupied with securing personal power and lining their own pockets than they are with the welfare of the American people.
As a retired small business owner, I can tell you vacations always have a cost. Potential clients, your customers, your competition and your co-workers won't wait for you, and neither will work. The owner never gets to take a vacation from work, ever.
Increasingly, neither do the employees. Nothing is free, folks. That day off has to be picked up by somebody, and there's no faster way to piss off your fellow employees or the boss than taking that long vacation and proving just how dispensable you and your current position are.
And yes, as the boss I can recall three separate times I've asked and employee not to bother to come back from their vacations.
The ones who keep in e-mail contact with the office and follow up with clients by phone while off the clock? Those are the people your boss remembers. I know, because I've been on both sides of that observation.
The guy who goes off the grid for a week and everyone else scrambles to keep up with the workload but they pull through? Congratulations, you just put yourself out of a job.
But what would Obamee and liberals know about hard work?
The question isn't whether one hates finance - but whether one hates the cozy nature of the relationship between finance and the state.
When Vanderbilt created his empire, the relationship was often tenuous and frequently adversarial. Government was skeptical of the value of financial engineers, and vice versa.
Only after Samuel Chase showed how a fiat currency can spur a moribund economy - an economy which was starved for currency, in fact a very rare event - did the two realms begin to become intertwined and the Quid Pro Quo relationship between finance and state begin in earnest.
The Federal Reserve cemented the relationship, and created a bond which exists today for a single reason - to maintain the status quo.
Sure, some politicians like Hollande CLAIM to hate finance, even Obama rails against it. But they know where their bread is buttered, so they manage their rhetoric to purchase the votes they need, but manage their policies to make sure the money gets into the pockets it needs to get into.
It's an unhealthy and dangerous relationship, and one which is becoming increasingly unstable. It's happened many times before, from the Mississippi Bubble, to the Weimar Republic, to Zimbabwe.
Some politicians, even some in the US, simply believe that printing money equates to printing wealth.
"The French government seems to want businesses to leave France. Like Obama"
Since Obama saved the US auto industry - bailed out the banks - and had Osama Bin Laden Killed ( which should make doing business in the nation safer - consider how 9/11 impacted the US economy) what makes anyone think Mr Obama is anti-business?
Oh - Maybe because he thinks that maybe those who receive the most from the government should in some way pay for that largess or that a truly progressive rather than regressive income tax needs to be put in place - or because he thinks the US should move to the position of everyother civilized and provide all its members medical care above and beyond the emergency room. Yeesh !