This post AIN'T about President Obama.
I have noticed that in the game of political calculus the goal is to direct focus upon the characters rather than the substance. Those who love the character will defend him. Those who hate the character might even choose to vote against a policy they favor in order to support the character.
Anyone who has followed this blog has seen a steady focus upon the common threat to us all, regardless of ideology - the impending fiscal insolvency of the United States. In truth we are already beyond the point of insolvency. Only the confidence that world-wide investors have in our system AND the fact that they are receiving a steady flow of money received from the debt servicing from the US government Treasuries that allows us to continue along. Sadly we as a nation keep fuel to the fire by running increasing annual deficits.
Deficit To Hit All-Time High - Obama's $3.8 Trillion Budget Forecasts a $1.6 Trillion Shortfall For 2010 Before It Drops
At this point most Americans have the luxury of placing the blame on the other guy and justifying the barrels of fuel that "their guy" has added. The main reason why this abstracted view is possible is because their personal lives have not suffered any compromise due to this present situation. It would be a mistake for them to assume that in our future they will escape such impact.
I struggle to understand why anyone would make themselves more dependent upon an entity who's standard of living (ie: in a high end luxury apartment) is maintained by their heavy use of credit cards. Logically this person who is aware of the situation should have some backup plans in place so that the impact of this impending collapse upon their person is mitigated.
Instead we see demands for more resources from this constrained central government. The popular tactic is to point out spending that you don't like as being the cause for the deficit and then pushing for NEW SPENDING that is more favorable. Sorry this is more spending none the less.
I believe that we have a structural problem and that our condition is not going to be fixed until this is addressed. We need to push the expectation for productivity and entitlement back toward the periphery as we protect the center. Those who wish to expose a certain living standard in their community must also marshal the local human resources who need to do their part to achieve this end. In the process the level of competence that is resident within the community will increase.
The alternative - that is keep doing what we are doing - will lead to a collapse of all of the people who have chosen to attach their livelihood and means to this centralized source which has been depleated of resources.
The Wall Street Operatives and the Social Justice Operatives - share an equal lust for these centralized resources.