Tuesday, September 20, 2005

USA leans left, Europe Right?

Two items in the news have me asking this question: Do we Americans understand the great gift we've been given?

The other day MY president, George W. Bush announced that he would spend hundreds of billions of tax dollars to rebuild a city that was decayed, corrupt, and existing only because of government largesse. New Orleans is one of the poster children for everything that's wrong with our country: entitlement mentality, poverty conditioned by and nurtured by welfare, corrupt race-based politics, diversity based decision-making and poor political choices. The best thing for New Orleans to do in the wake of Katrina, many have argued, is to cease to exist. Rather than move the population to a place better suited for empowerment and growth, such as Houston, the federal government is going to rebuild it on federal funds, nourishing the very wrong-headed ideas that ruined it in the first place. The local Democratic politicians have made the city a place where meaningful and worthwhile employment is a thing of rarity. Now Bush and the Republican congress want to make things even worse, removing any "I told you so" epithets they would have been rightly been able to hurl. Already calls have been made to begin WPA-like programs, in an effort to create make-work positions funded by federal largesse! This will be lauded by both sides of the aisle in a short while, mark my words!

Meanwhile on the other side of the Atlantic, Germany just held an election where a socialist incumbent was narrowly bested by a "conservative" who, as one of her platform issues, proposed a flat tax! Germany, as most of Europe, is in the throws of a disease called socialism. Their productivity is being sapped by an entitlement mentality the likes of which we in America can't even begin to imagine. That's why a guy like Kerry was so intent on modeling his government platform on a European basis. Taxes are eating their society away, and entitlement sucking laggards are the base of the population, destroying the once great productivity of the country. In an effort to move the country to the right and change the course of this juggernaut, Angela Merkel and the Christian Democratic Alliance, hitched their campaign to the gimmick of a flat tax. Unfortunately, she did not hold tight enough to the idea to make people believe that she was truly behind the concept. When Schroeder claimed that a flat tax would impoverish the country, leaving women and children starving in the streets, instead of standing up and telling the truth, she waffled. This little bit of indecision on her part, caused the people to blink, and the strength of a true concensus was lost.

I guess it's enough to see that people are starting to see the light in old Europe. At least these ideas are being spoken about aloud, rather than whispered behind closed doors. Now if only we would realize that it is we who have it right, and not them, maybe there will be hope for us all.

10 comments:

Libby Gone™ said...

Beerme,
What can be added? I think the "Philosophy" needs better articulation, and I think you are on the frontline.
Great Job!

camojack said...

Now if only we can get back our founding principles here...

Beerme said...

libby gone™,
Why, thank you. Just babblin' on about stuff that bugs me, but it helps me to better understand these things if I write about them. I'm sure you feel the same way, being another grunt on the front line!

camojack,
Just so! I hope we get ours back at least before Europe realizes they should adopt them. THAT would be embarrassing!

Kajun said...

New Orleans long ago, accomplished what my local town (Natchez) is just now in the process of doing.

The Garden Club and Tourist Commission is doing everything in their considerable (Old Wealth) power to remove, or block all industry but the Tourism Industry.

As a result, the minimum wage is rapidly becoming the prevailing wage of those who can find work, in Natchez. The ambitious people have all left---the entitled stay.

As New Orleans shrinks in population, due to an unfriendly business environment, 300 year old Natchez follows in its footsteps.

Beerme said...

Kajun,

I'm sorry to hear that Natchez is following such a poor growth model! That is a good characterization of NO's situation-the ambitious have all left, only the entitled stay. Only now it won't be Old Wealth financing the affair, it will be us!

Hawkeye® said...

Excellent remarks, Beerme. Sorry I didn't get here sooner to read them.

Regards,
Hawkeye®

prettyold said...

I realize this is a month old,but I just can't resist asking, do you think Heinekin will use this picture in a commercial?

Beerme said...

I have now seen three versions of the Heineken Beer add that you are referring to (it's on the previous post from this one). I doubt the real company will get anywhere near this photo, but they're getting plenty out of it now, for free...

Snoskar said...

...mmm...have you ever been in Europe? Well, better to ask if you have ever lived for a while in Europe, even if for few weeks only, and not only as a tourist. I'm afraid there are many aspcts that you can't comprehand unless you come. Not only habits, but way of thinking is quite different and being here it is not bad at all.

Beerme said...

snoskar,

No I have never been but will someday. I am certainly aware that I can't understand the continent without having lived there for a time. It does not make me completely ignorant of events and attitudes there, having not visited, though.

I hear alot of tripe coming from Europe these days, centering on America's lack of respect for world opinion and complaining about American actions in America and abroad. I don't think those complainers are living in America, and yet they seem to be taken seriously by their countrymen.

The French and the Spaniards thought America was acting irresponsibly when they took the fight to the Muslim extremists in Iraq. They haven't fared all that well since then in their own countries, have they?

Still, I must say that I would love to visit Europe and enjoy it's many interesting sights and the history that is sorely lacking in "younger" America. I would probably start with Belgium and travel outward from there to other countries of interest. Couldn't forget Ireland and Scotland, the lands of my ancestors...