Friday, September 19, 2014

In Your Lifetime

Which Administrations and Congresses made government smaller? Which Administrations and Congresses balanced the budget? Which Administrations and Congresses reduced the debt? Which Administrations and Congresses made America's place in the world stronger, safer, more secure? By what measures or standards can we say that either major party has provided meaningful leadership in our lifetimes?

My answers to these questions does not lead me to think that continuing to reward the professional politicians and their parties with my vote is a good thing for the country. Just voting for the "lesser of two evils" because that lesser evil has a chance to win no longer seems to me to be a strategy.

If the trestle is out and we're all on a train going sixty miles an hour toward the gorge, choosing the candidate that says, "Let's slow the train to forty!" over the candidate that says, "Let's try for seventy!" does not solve anything.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
--Albert Einstein


Michael Brahier said...

Well, none. I was commenting to my dad about the ISIS thing that the only president in my lifetime to NOT bomb Iraq was Ronald Reagan. WTF?

Atom Smasher said...

Respectfully, BP, you are wrong. Slowing to 40 solves the problem of approaching the gap at 60. Which may in turn allow a slowdown to 40. Etc.

National elections are a choice between a .22 in the buttocks and a .44 in the chest. Neither is good, but one of them IS going to happen to you. Closing your eyes and mumbling "Disbelieve" is not going to stop a bullet.

Atom Smasher said...

Dammit. "...slowdown to 20. Etc."

ASM826 said...

Atom Smasher,

The reality is that, while the Republicans may promise to slow down, once elected, their spending and rule making is not any better than the Democrats.

Both sides are playing us for votes and the outcome, increasingly, seems to be the same no matter who holds office.

Atom Smasher said...


And I find people that see no difference between the two camps fascinating. :)

Different strokes, I guess.