The World as We Know It…
After the “wonderful” reception of my thoughts in my previous political post, I thought I might find time to make another one. In the world today, there are three “crises” that are holding my attention. While each of these three could and probably should be its own page, I’m going to keep my commentary somewhat brief.
It should be obvious that the problem in Israel is much more complicated than “let’s just be nice”. So the UN, in all of its wisdom and ineffable greatness, believed that it could merely say “Stop it!” and all the world’s problems would go away. Someone forgot to tell them that magic wands only work in fairy tales. The Security Counsel sweeps in like a knight on a charger to try and seperate squabbling siblings with a lesson in chivalry… only to have both sides say “meh…” and go back to bludgeoning each other. So now people are saying that the UN needs to take further steps to force their resolution, including embargoes against both sides. Why this enraged outcry? If Hamas had siezed control of Texas and was launching rockets into Oklahoma and we moved in with the six-shooters blazing, nobody would stop us from doing so. If Hamas folds, Israel will pull back… they have said as much themselves. What does that mean practically? Hamas is in complete control of how many Gazan civillians die in this war.
I remember telling people that if you are a hard-core liberal and you vote for Obama, you had better do so understanding that you will get thrown under the bus the second your view isn’t popular with the general public. Here is your proof. Obama is planning to force another Economic Stimulus package the second he gets into office… don’t you wish we still had that $830 billion from the bailouts to play with? Here is the fun part. Obama’s plan is conservative to the point that the congressional Democrats aren’t sure what to do with it. They say that there is too much favoring “big business”. They say that offering tax breaks for new job creation isn’t doable (I guess it is too conservative). Better still, they are cringing that there isn’t any “relief” for the poor sods (I mean, upper-middle class) who are getting nailed by the Alternative Minimum Tax (that they pushed for, by the way, to make sure that the “super rich” are getting bilked for every penny possible). Is it possible that Obama’s great plan for the economy was too conservative? If that is the case, we have officially elected the scariest person that I could think of… a fiscal conservative with socially liberal policies. What does that mean? Let me ask you a question… what would have happened if Stalin had used “Reganomics” (which lead to a thirty year economic boom) rather than Socialism? There would have been a great Russian economy and a rampant, firmly entrenched anti-Semitism. Why? People love great economic news, and will follow a person who can keep their money safe. I’m not usually given to worry about politics… angst, yes- worry, no. But this could seriously be the most dangerous 4 to 8 years in our nation’s history.