Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Blogging about email about blogging....

Or,
I don't need a degree to be unemployed!

Amba put a new post up over the weekend entitled You Get the President You Deserve. It inspired me to write her a few emails. She has requested permission to post some of it, which I have granted, and I'm also going to post the stuff she highlighted below for my own archives. These went back and forth yesterday as part of three emails. The italicized comments at the start of the first two sections are from Amba's post. (You should know that, because you should go read her post.)

I hope that those of us who are still sane can all agree that a violent end to his presidency would be a catastrophe for this country we profess to love.)

The phrase President Biden should scare all right thinking people, even if they hate America.
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So do you want the demon socialist president of your political fever dreams — because he’ll be easier to defeat in 2012 — or do you want a president we can live with till then?

Doesn’t matter. Obama is both a hard core statist AND a political animal. And for all animals survival is the first imperative. There’s no way he comes out of the Chicago Machine without be a political survivalist.

So we’re getting two main thrusts from his politics: The first is his push to remake America into a socialist paradise (count me among those that think Obama actually hates traditional American ideas on limited government and all that entails); and the second is his cozying up with the banksters and financial powerhouses of Wall Street and the Washington DC economic establishment. One of these is for ideals, and the other for survival. These sometimes conflict, but not as often as one would hope – both are quite comfortable with centralized control by a self-selected elite.

Given these premises, nothing important Obama can do can possibly please those of us that fear large institutions of any stripe.

For that matter, I have trouble agreeing with minor points. For example, I don’t care WHAT Obama says in his speech tomorrow/text today. (What a world! What a world!We’ll have digested the speech and passed it through our intestines before he even gives the damned thing. By the time he speaks it will be working its way through the political sewer system.) The President should stay the hell out of the classroom. (That goes for prior Presidents as well.) At best it represents another photo-op in the President’s (any Presidents) ongoing efforts to win votes. At worst it is cheap propaganda. And there is a very tiny difference between the two. More importantly, doesn’t he have something better to do? I seem to recall hearing something about an economic crisis. Quit wasting time and get to work, you damned self-aggrandizing shill!

Actually, I’m probably happiest with him doing this kind of crap. What the US really needs is a massive deleveraging and the less money spent by the government the better. But that’s not happening anytime ever. The days of the Republic are long gone – now we’re just another democracy voting ourselves into the poor house.
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Also, as I wrote a few days ago, why should the children work hard when the banksters don’t have to?

Plus, the UE numbers are showing that college grads aren’t doing much better than high school grads right now. You can graduate from high school without breaking a sweat, if you can just conform to the norms. (That’s why a dropped out.) So why work hard? If I hadn’t gone to college I’d be much less in debt right now, and I don’t need a degree to be unemployed!

But the Prez will get up and spew the normal party line, telling the child’en to study hard and work hard. And in other speeches he will continue to tell them to become engineers. Although you can bet he will make sure his daughters go to law school. He won’t leave them to suffer through the ongoing boom and bust cycles of engineering employment – they’ll be part of the new ruling class. At the very least he’ll make certain they end up with a hedge fund somewhere, ala Chelsea.
I embedded the link in the third section and changed "bankers" in the first sentence of the last section to "banksters". Other than that is appears as emailed.

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