Taking the government back from the seed corn eaters
Posted by aogSunday, 04 July 2010 at 08:38
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Legal Insurrection has a post about the end game for current political class. It’s the inevitable place where “let’s just worry about feeding people today” ends up, because the future happens day by day too and so eventually arrives. Some argue it is cruel to not spend money when it’s available. I am with those who say it is even crueler to spend too much and create an even greater problem in the future. To live for today is how primitive, brutal societies operate. Our current power and wealth, which has so enormously improved everyone’s lives, down to the poorest, is the result of planning and working for the future, even if it hurts today. We are in such trouble now because so many have forgotten that and take the results of previous generation’s work and sacrifice as facts of nature rather than what they are.
As we celebrate this Independence Day, I think we ought to ponder how independence is not just that of a nation, but of its people as well. I cannot see the greatness in national sovereignty if the citizens have been reduced to clients of that nation. True independence can only start with the people, not with the government.
UPDATE: Yet another write up of how we are creating Two Americas, a privileged public sector and an increasingly serf like private sector.
Friday, 09 July 2010 at 17:27|
You just don’t like participation from the plain people.
At the local level, for the first 40 years of my life, the local board of supervisors, wherever it was, was dominated by insurance agents and real estate developers. Nobody who ever got his hands dirty had a place.
Then I moved to Hawaii, where the board — and the various subdivisions like planning, water — has carpenters and desk clerks and entomologists and teachers on it. We are not obviously worse governed than, say, Des Moines, Iowa, but there is less mutual handwashing here than I have been accustomed to. Also, the range of perspectives about governance are broader.
Some of the carpenters and desk clerks are rather emotional and not always as skilled in public discourse as the smoother insurance agents, but none comes close to being as emotional and unskilled in public discourse, as, for example, Sharron Angle.
Another anecdote from the old days. Around 1970, the top officials of the Norfolk Shipyard were convicted of bribing Department of the Navy officials for contracts worth in the low millions. The US district judge, to my surprise and the consternation of the better element, sent the crooks to the slammer, just as if they had been welfare cheats scamming the taxpayer out of $300.
The business editor was shocked. “What good does it do to send that class of people to jail?” he protested.
Not much, history showed, but it did bring a warm feeling to those of us in the low class. Plus, since the New Deal, the army has not been used to shoot workers. A real plus, in my book.
|Annoying Old Guy
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 at 09:29|
I think Palin is plain folk
So this comment is no longer operative? And this one as well? Why, after that, should I take anything you write seriously? You parrot Journolist attack points and then pretend you didn’t.
Palin got to puttin’ on airs for a while
No, the RNC took to putting airs on her. She didn’t like it at the time and, as I am sure you are unaware, the Palinistas complained vociferously about it at the time. That stopped once she was no longer being run by the McCain campaign staff. Or is another attack point you’ll unremember a few days from now? Perhaps I should just label these “Harry’s Emphemeral Attack Technique” — “oh, that’s just Eagar applying some HEAT again”.
But you got me all wrong about the plain folk.
No, I don’t think so. Your mockery of the Tea Party tells the tale. Your partisanship for the Democratic Party, despite it being funded much more heavily by elites that the GOP, is another indicator. Carter vs. Reagan is yet another (note which group, American Street or self described betters, liked eached of those).
Further, your analysis misses two key points.
The first is that there things that should not be governned. I have yet to find any such limits you would support, but our nation was founded on that principle. That’s the entire point of the Bill of Rights. It is not an issue of whether such things should be governed by elites or commoners, but that governing them at all is wrong and will lead to bad outcomes.
Second, the more complex and powerful the government, the less it is possible for the citizenry to control. There is no way to prevent the capture of a sufficiently complex government by elites, the people who can spend their lives mastering its intricacies, compared to normal people who live real lives. The American Street can only really control the government if it is relatively small, limited in its powers, and federalized. Support for our current style of interventionist and centralized government is simply support for rule by elites in stealth mode.
I tend to think that, over time
Woah, Hopkins gets thrown under the bus! I knew you didn’t really believe that.
I am surprised you missed the Murkowski’s chair bit. It wasn’t the daughter who was bribed with a chair, it was the father. How quickly we forget, when they are Republicans
Yes, that never happens in the Democratic Party, and it’s a clear sign of partisanship to not know every instance of nepotism. I am still left mystified by how you think this was “just like” Palin’s RNC supplied wardrobe. Or was that just more HEAT?