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.
Richard Fernandez at Belmont Club, as usual, sees more clearly, deeply:
We often think that politicians know when they are misleading the public and when they are not. But there’s one other possibility. They don’t know themselves what the truth is any more. They are like a bunch of pirates who, after making the master mariner walk the plank realize they can’t read the “books of navvigashun” for the life of them. They are irretrievably lost and the only thing the pirate chieftains can do is pretend to pore over them.
The situation may be reaching the point where it has become counterproductive to listen to “the leaders” who have neither the knowledge nor skill to think or do anything definite. Perhaps recovery — when it comes — will be the result of people just doing stuff. Creating new businesses, innovating or just adapting to changed circumstances without much reference to the Big Leaders who will continue to pretend to know everything when they know nothing. Maybe the end of Peak Government has already started. The “leaders” will pronounce more and more, and they will matter less and less.
By the same token, businesses in the US will do nothing---no "stuff"---as long as they are uncertain about the future. They are waiting for some certainty in what the government is going to do. But the government doesn't know what it is going to do. It creates the uncertainty that keeps people from doing "stuff." It's the chicken and the egg problem. Now if our political leaders weren't so arrogant to think they know what they are doing, they could get out of the way and let people do "stuff." At least then people would know our centipede of a government is not going to drop yet another shoe and could count on not having what they do subsequently undone by a government that doesn't know what it is doing (much less what it ought to do). Had there been less active interference and open hostility towards business by the Obama administration over the past three years, chances are the US economy would already have recovered and the unemployed would be back to work.
But we won't be able to do that until we get a "big leader" who frees up people to "do stuff" while he pontificates. When that happens, "big leader" will be hailed as brilliant when his real skill was not to interfere, not try to be the smartest person in the room and give the busybody minions lots and lots of busy work, such as counting the hunks of coal in a pile or sorting the slag heap by color and texture.
Romney is not the guy to do it, but an effective campaign would be, "DC boomed, and put the rest of the country into a recession, we need to put DC into a recession to let the rest of the country boom."