The New Year

It is now the Year of Our Lord  2,010.

The series of disasters and catastrophes are country has faced in the past year is entirely predictable, in retrospect, given that the year began with Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson and ended with Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner.

Some good things are happening at the strategic level. Bush’s handling of the War on Terrorism has been so subtle and adept that it is hard to imagine a grand screw-up. And on education, Obama has taken the baton from President Bush, and pushed hard to give us a real education system, starting with taking as much decision-making authority as possible away from teachers, school districts, and states.

But with regards to economics… I’ll let our President’s European friends do the talking…

Today, his historic Health Reform is being passed through the American Senate – a welfare policy breakthrough that several of his predecessors have been unable to manage.

Obama’s greatest accomplishment so far has been his “breakthrough” push to expand the Welfare State. With regards to finance, he appointed traitors such as Tim Geithner to high positions. Ben Bernanke will keep his job. The looting of America by the Oligarchs will continue — indeed, it’s accelerating.

No one can seriously believe that the actions of Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein have been less harmful to our country than, say, Julian Rosenberg. No one can believe that Henry Paulson is any more loyal to the country over his secret connections than, say, Aldrich Ames. No one can believe that Tim Geithner is any more honest and capable an official than Aaron Burr.

No one can see a reasonable way out of this situation. As wonderful as Obama ordering the military detention of Geithner would be, that line of thinking is likely to be as productive as the “right bomb in the right place” terrorism that V.I. Lenin dismissed.

America will have a chance to be great. Bush’s foreign policy success, along with the joint Bush-Obama education push, and the wealth we are now spending through will give us this chance. But it’s hard to see how we’re on a glidepath for anything other than an negotiated surrender to the hosts of history.

4 thoughts on “The New Year”

  1. Couldn’t agree more about the oligarchs, but you know how I feel about Aaron Burr. “The right bomb in the right place” came in Weehawken, 1804.

  2. That Danish editorial is even more fantastic than you let on, but he calls it 100% right on the part you quote.

  3. I’m interested in your take on educational reform. To me, it seems like “taking as much decision-making authority as possible away from teachers, school districts, and states.” should is not an entirely positive direction.

    I agree, there should be a systems approach to education with a focus on meeting benchmarks on a state and national level. That said though, some decisions must be left to the teachers, counselors, and principals at the school to make individual student interventions and creative solutions to classroom problems.

    I wonder how the two can be managed to create a goal-oriented education system with room for schools to be innovative.

  4. Adam,

    Another “right bomb in the right place” could remove a traitor [1], but sadly would do little to fix the system


    The editorial captures everything crazy about the Obama cult of personality.

    At least its not with American schoolchildren this time. [2]


    I am naturally against federal interference in local manners, so it is only the generations of gross absolute incompetence that significantly weaken our national power which allows me to justify such sweeping reform.

    I have seen little evidence that teachers, counselors, or principals are well trained for their job, competent at their job, or paid enough to keep such trained and competent workers in their jobs.


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