May 23, 2009
When political opposites like Barack Obama and Eric S. Raymond agree on something, that gets my attention.
Here's Barack Obama in a CSPAN interview reported by Drudge today:
...we are out of money now. We are operating in deep deficits, not caused by any decisions we've made on health care so far. This is a consequence of the crisis that we've seen and in fact our failure to make some good decisions on health care over the last several decades.(Emphasis added.)
And here's what Eric S. Raymond (no supporter of Obama, BTW) said in September:
The fundamental problem is that income-transfer programs (and the interest service on the debt purchased to keep them running) are spending wealth in higher volumes than the economy can actually generate, and demand for that spending is rising faster than the economy is growing. Thus, raising tax rates is no longer a way out, if it ever was.And here was my reaction:
I think the country might be approaching a turning point of sorts. We've gone about as far as it's possible to go with the socialist-flirtation, welfare-state mode without plunging over the abyss into the irreversible, tyrannical, full-blown variety.That was six weeks before the election of Barack Obama.
And now that I see that he basically agrees with Eric S. Raymond on the entitlement problem, it's hard to chalk any of this up to paranoia.
Anyway, much as I don't like to repeat myself, I thought that what I worried about in September was worth repeating.
FWIW, I tried to vote against socialism, of course. And "entitlements."
We are still allowed to vote against these things, aren't we?
BTW, Eric S. Raymond's recent observation on the nature of the problem is well worth contemplating:
The underlying problem is that in any democratic system, the political demand for redistribution of wealth rises faster that the economy's ability to generate wealth to be redistributed.It's an ancient* problem.
As to the future, Raymond allows room for optimism:
Soon - very soon, in historical time - it will become clear that democratic redistributionism cannot deliver on its promises. All such systems, not just California's and the U.S's, are running headlong towards a terminal state of moral, political, demographic, and financial bankruptcy.I agree, but will we get that choice?
* John Adams (echoing Plato) said "There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
Aren't we too big to commit suicide?
posted by Eric on 05.23.09 at 11:39 AM
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