Even is Obama had won because voters debated over and decided they wanted a European-style social democracy rather than a free republic, I would have held some level of hope for the Republic, because then at least adults (however incorrect they might be) would have been in charge. Then when the failure of social democracy became apparent (as it has in Greece) adults would have been able to pick up the pieces.My [worse] summary of the election:
Responsible people: "Balance the budget!!! The budget!! The budget!!! The budget!! Balance the mother fudging budget!!!"
Voters: "nah. We don't need to be responsible. We're going jump the budget like Evel Knievel!"
An Evel Knievel Debt Solution by Frank J (of imao.us)
America is in a debt crisis because of overspending and a huge deficit, like a car racing toward a cliff.
So what do we do?
The tired conservative solution is to stop the car and turn around. That’s what conservatives always want: to make us go backward. Because what’s in the other direction from the cliff of debt? Limited government.
No, there’s another, bolder way to deal with the cliff ahead: Floor it and try to jump it like Evel Knievel.
That’s right. We don’t stop, and we don’t slow down. Instead, we build up speed by raising spending on stimulus packages and health care and flee limited government so fast we take flight over the cliff and land in unlimited government.
One thing, however, threatens to keep us from reaching the other side of the cliff: a budget. A budget — like what Rep. Paul Ryan is proposing — is sugar in the gas tank of our speeding car.
That’s lunacy. The US government hasn’t had a budget for the last three years, and that’s why we’ve been soaring.
Well, the economy hasn’t been soaring, but that’s the private sector’s problem. The government has grown greatly — all thanks to not having a budget. No longer weighed down by the foolishness of limiting how much money we can spend, we’ve picked up speed and are ready to make that daring jump.
I know it’s a little scary, and some of you recall that your mother warned you not to jump off cliffs just because other kids were doing it. But what if one of the people urging you to go over a cliff is Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman? Then it’s probably worth ignoring your mother and trying.
What’s the alternative? To cut government programs? No one’s in favor of that.
We really have no choice but to race toward that cliff of debt and hope we jump it and land on the other side.
Assuming there is another side.