I wish I had the words to write this, because the writer hit the nail squarely on the head.
is it possible for a free market economy to support a democratic socialist society? … a national welfare system with comprehensive entitlements, which is paid for by the wealth created through capitalist endeavour … it is the aspiration of President Obama and his liberal Democrats, who want the United States to become a European-style social democracy.
Contrary to what the Obama Democrats claimed, the face-off in Congress did not mean that the nation’s politics were “dysfunctional”. The politics of the US were functioning precisely as the Founding Fathers intended: the legislature was acting as a check on the power of the executive.
The hardest obstacle to overcome will be the idea that anyone who challenges the prevailing consensus of the past 50 years is irrational and irresponsible. That is what is being said about the Tea Partiers. In fact, what is irrational and irresponsible is the assumption that we can go on as we are.
This is VERY important. If you want to understand WHY all this B.S. is actually going on, go read Peter’s article, and than Janet Daley’s original article. This is well worth your time. Kudos to Peter for his post.
The United States is at a cross-roads. We can follow the E.U. over a cliff, or we can choose to be fiscally responsible going forward, knowing we will have to pay the price for the mistakes we’ve already made, and then go forward as an economically strong country. But we are quickly running out of time to make up our minds.