Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Hope? Change?

I think it was Bobby Knight who originally said, "Potential is a worthless commodity." Could say the same thing about this hopey-changey-ness fad, too.

A bit I liked at the American Thinker:

The answers to America's problems don't rest with the federal government, or any government for that matter. The answers rest with we the people.

Elementary students should have to copy those sentences down in their notebooks every day until they internalize it (if kids were still taught written English or handwriting...nevermind).
During the last 70 years, the only big projects successfully undertaken by the Federal Government were the destruction of most of the major cities of Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany, and the moon shot. Maybe the interstate highway system, too, except I-294 between Chicago and Indiana. It's always a mess.

Heh. I-80/90 between the I-65 and the Illinois border has been under construction at least since I was a freshman in college. It's entirely possible its completion is a sign of the Apocolypse.
On the other side of the balance sheet are the War on Poverty, War on Drugs, AMTRAC[sic], federal housing projects, Social Security, Medicare, and unless you're just sending a birthday card, the USPS...all the big federal programs have been train wrecks in slow motion. And any politician, from any party, who tells me to hope that change will come through the Federal Government is singing the siren song of Pollyanna expectations that only seduces the sadly dependent.

Unfortunately, there's a whole lot of "sadly dependent" registered to vote.

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