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.
Today's global economy baffles experts -- corporate executives, bankers, economists -- as much as ordinary people. Countries are growing economically more interdependent and politically more nationalistic. This is a combustible combination. The old global economy had few power centers (the United States, Europe, Japan), was defined mainly by trade and was committed to the dollar as the central currency. Its major countries shared democratic values and alliances. Today's global economy has many power centers (including China, Saudi Arabia and Russia), is also defined by finance and is exploring alternative currencies to the dollar. Major trading nations now lack common political values and alliances.
It is no more possible to undo globalization than it was possible, in the 19th century, to undo the Industrial Revolution. But our understanding of international markets, shaped by impersonal economic forces and explicit political decisions, is poor.
Democrats in Congress for the past 30 years must take the blame for this mess and it's about time Republicans let the American people know about it. Democrats have created our energy crisis and unfolding recession with their fossil fuel/global warming paranoia ,and resulting hare-brained alternative energy schemes, chief of which is corn ethanol.
And by extension, our dependency on Middle East oil, forced on us by Democrat intransigence, brought us to the 2 wars in Iraq and on the brink of another with Iran. American energy independence through development of our more than ample American oil and gas reserves will reduce or eliminate our reliance on Middle East energy sources. In addition it will create jobs, payrolls, profits, and circulate all of these benefits many times through the American economy instead of lining some Oil Sheihk's tent.
Well nigh time to send the Democrats in Congress into permanent retirement and elect a Republican government to do what must be done. Yet the MSM keeps telling us that this a Democrat year! Even defeatist Republicans say it's a Democrat year. What is wrong with these people?! We are at a watershed moment in American history but our leadership is not up to the task. Americans want change alright but it has nothing to do with the change Obama and the Democrats have in mind.