Tuesday, September 05, 2006

NATION OF CARDS

The Cunning Realist has an excellent new post up, dealing with what he calls Consequences. The consequences of all our decisions, of our collective actions, over the past few years:
We've entered an overarching period of "consequences" -- political, economic, social, and geopolitical. In a global economy, one basic truism is that there's no permanent free lunch; the money to fight wars has to come from somewhere, and irresponsible, politically expedient monetary policy creates bubbles that eventually pop. Since politicians (particularly incompetent ones who shun the work actual governing entails) despise consequences, they need reliable trump cards to play when necessary. The nightmare of every elected official -- especially at the national level -- is a crisis or general malaise with no one to blame and nothing to distract the public; the Carter presidency was the template. Loosely-defined, ever-expanding wars do nicely in that regard, because they serve as covers for the inexorable effects of failed policy.
Read the whole piece. It's not too long, and it goes into a few more details.

2 Comments:

Blogger Alan P. said...

The gang over at TOD places the odds of a terrorist attack or major threat of a terrorist attack between now and the election at 99.1%. I can't believe anyone could be so cynical, can you?

4:38 PM  
Anonymous nyhmr said...

Republican, Democrat, Independent, Socialist, Libertarian, it does not matter. It will be some old, same old in Washington.

People do not want to hear the truth and would rather be lied to and told everything is going to be OK if our party is in control and meanwhile there is a runaway bride, a planet that isn't a planet, an new idol, celebrities singing and dancing, a Chickenhawk that isn't to help distract the lemmings.

5:57 PM  

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