Recent events throughout our still incredibly free United States have caused law suits to be filed, accusations to be made, videos to go viral, and in true American fashion, reason to be replaced with loud, disjointed panic.
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As previewed in the last post, the current expansion of state power by means of three shadow branches of government has been eerily predicted by Eisenhower and others. The key difference between his time and now is not the character of the American people, the fierceness of political ideologies, or the scope of problems facing our nation. What has changed is that we are out of the industrial age and into the information age.
With so many complex laws on the books and career politicians on the beltway, it is as if the kitchen sink in Washington is clogged up and the garbage disposal is broken.
*Written by William Cleary, a communications strategist who has worked in over 23 countries and is currently working in Afghanistan. The article was originally published in The Washington Time Op-ed section. Good government is scarce, and bad government sells itself, which makes for bad news for those of us in the business of selling good government.
This disaster is more damaging because it is our fault, everyone in America, and this time no amount of federal action can save us or relieve our guilt.
Recently, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, announced that she would like to have a healthcare reform bill in the next month as a "Christmas Present for the American people." What a nice sentiment from our maternal provider in Congress! This skill for weaving fantastic narratives with important policy decisions has made Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues wonderful icons for the American taxpayer as Santa and his little elves are for young children across the country. Many citizens, like some commentators on this very blog, have expressed their deep admiration and sheer awe for the Democratic party's Hollywood-like ability to spin a good yarn. Nothing produces sound public policy laws like an oft repeated feel-good story, whether fiction or not, that infiltrates the hearts and minds of voters and convinces them that magic can really happen. All we need to do is close our eyes, shut out the problems and logical gaps of reality, use our imaginations and just believe...
Here's a question to ponder: If you were going to buy a car a few months ago, would you have done it? Or would you have waited for the Cash for Clunkers program? How about that car that might not pass inspection in the next six months? Why wait to buy a car then when you can get $4500 from the government if you do it now? There's an inherent problem in all this concentrated car buying. It may be a "stimulus" to the car market now, but it will actually lead to less car buyers and a slump later in the year once the program ends.
Today there was another use of executive power. But this time the guy doing it is our guy, so I guess it is all right. The idea the president is making legal decisions and shifting money is counter to the intended purpose of the position. The President said that this time it is not about ideology, but all politics is, and if it is not, then what is it, factual? I think few Americans ever choose the kind of government they want. So for this blog I want to discuss and hear your opinions on the Government you think would be best for you. The first question: Why do people need government?