“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Sunday, January 06, 2008
The New Camelot or is it Shamelot?
How many times have I heard that the Barack family resembles the Kennedys? Barack delivers a hopeful message that as Trish has observed resonates with the young. He looks younger than his 45 years and he offers a break from the tiresome past of the Clintons. Obama is a charismatic politician with a fresh face and a smooth delivery but he is just another Democrat promising as much socialism as he can get away with.
A visit to his web pages reveals essentially nothing new. He wants to make another 10 million Americans exempt from Federal income taxes altogether. In addition, he wants to lower taxes on the middle class and raise taxes on the wealthy.
He wants everyone covered by a national insurance program, if you have insurance you can continue to pay for it otherwise you will be a insured by the National Pool which will be administered by the Federal Government. Essentially he envisions a Federal single payer program.
Obama is down with the unions and against corporate America. If you're young and hep like Obama, you know that "down with" does not mean "down on." It means the Unions are his peeps. He wants to review NAFTA and CAFTA for adverse impact on US labor. Of course, he's a union man and as such, he is all for whatever the Unions are all for and against whatever the Unions are against. He's has also proposed a system which automatically raises the minimum wage.
A good dem's got to be for the working man and against big business and Obama is nothing if not a good Dem. That means that under an Obama administration, big business can expect to make atonement for its past transgressions against the working man. Higher taxes are in order unless you happen to be in one of the favored green or high tech industries.
And to show that he is also a fiscal conservative, he advocates PayGo which means that every new dollar of spending will be paid for by a cut in the budget elsewhere or a tax increase. It makes perfect sense until you realise that the Federal budget is one big shell game.
Barack makes wonderful, hopeful speeches offering hope and unity to a polarized country. "Change" is the theme of his campaign and like the Pied Piper, young people are attracted and following him. I feel sorry for them in a way. They are still naive and are about to learn some important lessons about humanity and politics.
Posted by Anonymous at 1/06/2008 04:15:00 PM