A self-professed liberal’s view of the election

And I fear he’s exactly right. Three reasons why Obama will win.

We know that a country of people who earn a median wage of $16.27 per hour (source) cannot afford to pay $100,000-200,000/year pensions to policemen and firefighters who retire at 42 or 50. We know that we can’t afford our massive military or unlimited payments to Medicare providers. We know that we can’t afford to pay working-age people to sit at home and collect 99 weeks of unemployment benefits. We know that China is growing 10 percent per year because businesses find employees there who have a better education and work ethic. We know that countries like Singapore now enjoy a higher per capita income than the U.S. does partly because they’ve figured out how to deliver basic government services at a tiny fraction of the cost (as a percentage of GDP). We know that our public schools are set up to benefit employees rather than students and therefore the outlook for competitiveness is not improving.

We don’t want to do anything about these issues, however, which is why reelecting our current crop of politicians, including Obama, is the most sensible thing to do.

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5 responses to “A self-professed liberal’s view of the election

  1. CatoRenasci

    Sadly profound, in a very depressing sort of way: most people who spend even 30 seconds thinking about the state of the nation understand things cannot continue as they are, and that the almost full enactment of the liberal agenda since the New Deal has damaged the national character as well as the economy. And, most people who think about it for those 30 seconds know what the successful solutions are historically.

    But — there’s always a but, isn’t there…. — the solutions are hard and involve choices, some self-denial for most of us, and self-reliance. Bracing, but very, very frightening. And, of course, no one wants to be the one to do the sacrificing when others are not.

    So much easier to muddle along, hoping that one personally, and one’s family, can ride it out, especially if one’s routing in the public trough, ’til someone else takes the hit and things get fixed.

    It’s always worked before…. not.

  2. dogwalker

    I’ll read the article later, but d’ya think it has something to do with the possible alternatives? Romney’s the only one who might be better, IMHO, but he doesn’t seem to draw even Republican voters.

  3. anon

    dogwalker: i think republicans and independents will eventually support romney. for now, they are making him earn the nomination the hard way, one vote at a time. but when push comes to shove, most independents and even conservatives will realize the importance of rallying behind someone who can actually beat obama. I do fear, however, that the article is correct. obama has a huge political machine and lots of dough. don’t discount his chicago mob boss mentality of winning.

  4. AJ

    What can you expect from another Obama Presidency? If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this one says a lot: http://politicalvelcraft.org/2011/01/01/convicted-felon-george-soros-flying-the-coop-on-fraud-company-and-a-39-4-million-judgment-against-it/ What a beautiul painting, don’t you think?

  5. Anonymous

    I don’t think that guy is a liberal. 😆 Read this tale of his visit to the Republic of Berkeley. http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/philg/2010/01/10/visit-to-berkeley-california/

    I bookmarked his blog, he’s highly entertaining.