Saturday, June 02, 2012

How Are We Going to Do This?

I'm curious. If we're going to descend into chaos -- if we're going to split up, fight it out, descend into a civil war -- how are we going to split? How are we going to do this?

Is it going to be the South vs. the North again? How about West vs. East? Or the Center vs. the Coasts? City vs. Country? I'm really curious. We'll leave the question on how the world is going to spilt itself up for another time.

There is no good news this morning . Europe is descending into a Depression . Our growth is slowing and Europe's problems might become ours. I spent the morning listening to how even the Supreme Court is spilt .

The central piece of all this -- the linchpin -- is the economy. And, unfortunately for the economy, it's an election year. You might as well join me in watching the most depressing video I've seen yet. You'll have to jump over to the BBC to watch it .

To me, it's extraordinary. A venture capitalist and a politician dismiss an economist's argument -- even as the policies they are promoting are failing them. The government is following the policies they are promoting. Those policies have led to a double-dip recession . And yet, they still refuse to listen to a guy that is trying to throw them a lifeline.

Think of how this translates into American. I'm pretty sure the Obama Administration would jump at the chance for a stimulus package. (In case you haven't kept up, check the current 10-year T-bill . 1.49%. Free money .) The Republicans (i.e the Conservatives and venture capitalists) are not going to do it. See above. Even better (worse), a worsening economy hurts Obama's election chances. The needed stimulus isn't going to happen. Hello President Romney -- our first venture vulture capitalist President. Hello Second Great Depression (if it even waits that long.) Hello chaos.

So, I ask again, how are we going to do this? Did you know that Wisconsin is considered the most politically divided State in the Union? Seriously. I Googled it and came up with this.

How Did Wisconsin Become the Most Politically Divisive Place in America?

"From the beginning, Walker, who declined to comment for this article, seemed cognizant that his move to end collective bargaining placed him at the forefront of a national conservative strategy. His attack on public-employee unions was lauded by Mitt Romney, John Boehner and Karl Rove, and he has received significant financial support from the billionaire conservative donors Charles and David Koch. In a widely publicized prank phone call with Ian Murphy, a blogger impersonating David Koch, Walker described a dinner he held for his cabinet at his Executive Residence on Feb. 10, the night before he announced the collective-bargaining measure. “It was kind of the last hurrah, before we dropped the bomb,” he said to the faux-Koch. At the dinner, Walker held up a photograph of Ronald Reagan and told his cabinet that what they were about to do recalled Reagan’s breaking of the air-traffic-controllers’ union strike in 1981. “This is our time to change the course of history,” Walker said."

That's just to get your attention. You should read the article . June 5th is going to be a big day in America. If I was you, I'd call everybody I know that lives in Wisconsin and tell them to vote.

Don Brown
June 2, 2012


Stephan Ahonen said...

Geographically, I think it'll be urban vs. rural... Think about it. The debate right now seems to be individualism vs. collectivism, right vs. left. The political right, the individualists, tend to be the folks who are living in areas of lower population density, in smaller communities. The political left, the collectivists, tend to be folks grouped together living in cities. This explains Wisconsin, you have a pretty even divide between urban and rural population.

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Don Brown said...

Thanks LRod.

Don Brown