Thursday, November 06, 2008

Elections are a Measure of the Culture

Quick aside: In the last few days, the 'Post has been blowing up. Yesterday, we received nearly 2,000 visitors, almost all of which went to our political posts. Yay! If you're a repeat visitor from that avalanche of hits, welcome and thanks for stopping by.

Actual post: I'm coming to the conclusion that elections are a quantifiable measure of the culture. In this election we had two candidates who did not recommend that we take control of our spending and pay for what we bought. Both had economic plans that were guaranteed to lead to higher deficits. After going through a debt-induced crisis, neither could comprehend that the problem was borrowing when you couldn't pay. For that matter, our current president and the challenger from the last election don't have a clue about it, either.

In the debates, the moderators from the press showed no hint of urgency in dealing with the problem. Instead, all of the questions were about how the government was going to guide the economy and create jobs. That, of course, is nonsense.

In the end, we vote the way we live.


Rose said...

IN fact, the press was happy that the economy tanked as they were able to spin that in Obama's favor - by ignoring the real culprits in the Democratic party and Obam/ACORNs role.

The Republicans have been caught flatfooted, I think, because they made the mistake, the catastrophic mistake, of believing people would see through it and do the right thing. People don't even try. And I fear you are right, it is now a cultural thing, in that they do not believe any longer in the 'right thing.'

Now it is who entertains us more, makes us feel good - completely ignorant of reality.


K T Cat said...

Rose, I would suggest that the Republicans lost the election in 2002 when they had all the means at their disposal to do the right thing and balance the budget. They also had the power to stop the madness at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and did not do so.

Instead, they borrowed and spent and allowed Fannie and Freddie to hand out cash to everyone.

Sort of like the rest of us and our private credit card debt.