Monday, January 16, 2017

Over-Promising, Under-Delivering

... is a recipe for gaining lots of very angry customers.

If this article in the WSJ is anything to go by, the world's "elites" are nervously pondering personal bunkers to ride out the storm. Or maybe cash out and flee to a safe space.
This year is different. As the world’s financial, corporate and political elites gather this week for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos, the global economic order is teetering. The question is whether it can be rescued.

In 2016, history began another chapter. Donald Trump’s U.S. election victory and Britain’s decision to leave the European Union reversed a march toward ever-closer global economic integration under way since the end of World War II.

Across continental Europe, antiestablishment political movements have gained ground, fostered by an anemic recovery from the eurozone’s debt crisis that kept wages stagnant and unemployment high in many countries. Their influence could grow further with elections this year in France, Germany, the Netherlands and possibly Italy.
One of the advantages of espousing very limited government is that you don't make promises you can't keep. Well, a lot of them, anyway. When you take the socialist/fascist approach of the postmodern West and promise health care and jobs and good wages and multicultural comity and more, you set yourself up to under-deliver on a ton of promises, resulting in furious citizens.

There's a truly incendiary blog post hiding in here where I spew enraged vitriol and mockery at the "elites" who thought they were so smart that they could run our lives, run our countries, run the world better than the deplorable swine they have the misfortune to rule. Meh. I think I'll go out to the garage and work on my MGB wiring instead. In the meantime, here's a photo of an amphibious assult ship coming in to San Diego on a cloudy day. I rather like the monochromaticity. I left it large, so it might be worth a click.

Enjoy it with a smile and not so much anger.

Haze gray and underway.


tom said...

Looks more like a LPD than an LHD/LHA...

K T Cat said...

I was going for the broader term. Isn't an LPD an amphibious assault ship? Maybe I should have used amphibious warfare ship.

tom said...

LPD is an amphibious dock.... I got to ride an LHA so I'm a bit more sensitive to the distinction :-)