An inquiry on an earlier post regarding my opinion brought me out of blogging hibernation and allowed me to become person number 1,256,369 to express an opinion on the verdict.
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An oft told story tells us, that in the Nixon versus Kennedy debates those who watched on TV gave victory to Kennedy, while those who listened on radio gave victory to Nixon. I had a slightly similar experience of the recent Romney versus Obama debate.
It has always been a source of angst to those on the Left that the workers of the world were not so eager to join them in the search for the worker’s paradise.
Some of this has to do with that fact that expecting utopia to work in the real world is something only smart and highly educated people could believe in.
However, I think there is more to it than working class distrust of grand plans from academics.
I have had this post (or at least the idea for it) in my mind for a while now. It seems that due to my procrastination, I have been trumped by The Daily Caller’s latest reporter. In a recent post (and some earlier ones) Chuck Rudd (GL Piggy) expresses his distaste for White-nationalists and “anti-Semites” sparking a discussion on those terms. I figured if I did not start the parade, at least I can join it, so here is my two (fiat currency) cents worth. [at least give me credit for cramming so many clichés into one sentence.]
Because I know everyone is waiting to hear what I think of the Republican presidential contenders, I present my rundown of the candidates.
Warren Buffet along with various other wealthy individuals called for higher taxes on the wealthy. His claim was that he was under taxed, suffering a rate lower than his secretary and other employees (who must be well paid, as he claims they are suffering a 33 percent burden). Perhaps there is a way we can give Buffet and friends what they want.
Many dissatisfied with the current social order consider dropping out or withholding their best effort, going Galt in the evocative phrase of the moment. Others, even if not completely happy, wish to enjoy the fruits of full participation in society. For them, going Galt may not be the preferred option. If you cannot (or do not want to) go Galt, you can always follow the line of another fictional character: Rhett Butler.
Republicans in congress love to describe how they will hold the line on spending and fight any tax increase. Indeed, they seem reluctant to even consider tax code changes that might eliminate narrowly focused concessions (co-called “loopholes”).
On a previous post, commenter Rebekah asked me what I thought of the Herman Cain sexual harassment charges. At that time I hesitated to offer an opinion because, after all, we are just in a he said, she said situation.
While I will remain agnostic on the truth of the charges, I do have some thoughts
As I said in my previous post, I have some sympathy for the beliefs of Ron Paul. I certainly would like to see him win the Republican nomination, if only for the angst such a run would cause the Republican establishment. I suspect that he would not win a contest with Obama, but his losing margin would be smaller than many would predict.
Please note that I said, “sympathy for” and not “complete enthusiasm for” the Ron Paul agenda. I am less than a wholehearted re[love]utionary.