Originally Posted by c00k1e
....I am an outsider, live in 'liberal' Europe and am far more left wing than any Euro politician....
Doesn't make you a bad person, Cookie. You just go through life by the seat of your emotions!
....I you had asked me 4 years ago 'would an African American get into power in the USA'? I would have said 'yes, one day'. Probably not in my lifetime though. I would certainly not have imagined that it would be a man who has a lifetime voting average conservative rating of just 7.67% from the ACU, and a lifetime average liberal rating of 90 percent from the ADA!!....
I don't know about Europe, but let let me explain what time it is in the big city streets of America to you: when people loose half their retirement, practically overnight, there's only one color/race they see--GREEN! When people get scared, really scared, all that race shit goes right out the window. So, does it surprise me that a black man was elected? Not in the slightest. Obama could have been purple with one eye--as long as he was a democrat--he would have been elected.
....This is a man who has spent his life empowering people....
I guess it depends on your definition of "empowering." If your talking about things like big, nanny-state, government socialised medicine, that is not empowering but enslaving. Rather than a physical slave master, you have an economic slave master. Slavery, none the less.
....a bit of effort in empowering people and the rewards will be a much more affluent country, one where things like health care reforms will be a small tax rise for everyone, rather than a big tax rise for a few....
Again, this would depend on your definition of "affluent." If your definition of affluent is a BIG tax increase for EVERYONE and an INFERIOR healthcare system, than you're right! Those that cannot affort a big tax increase will just be stuck, waiting as socialised healthcare is rationed to them.
....People WANT to work. People WANT to feel they are of use. People WANT to succeed.....
Well, I cannot speak to Europe, but i can speak to big city America. Many, many people DO NOT want to work--or be of any use--or want to succeed. This is where tough love comes in. AND yeah, it's gonna hurt me much more than it hurts you. But that's a real love for your community. Knowing that pain is often the best teacher. That's why it's called tough love!
The easiest, most cowardly thing one can do is exactly what we do now: throw a hand out at people. Sure, it's painless to me, but oh so destructive to the recipient.
Originally Posted by Morley
....Wern't you paying attention? Gas DID hit nearly $5/gallon.
Yes, but only in this reality.