Monday, September 24, 2012
What The World Thinks Of US
Thanks for the inspiring messages and email everyone! My dear sister summed it up nicely with this:
Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way that you can quickly understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic . Someone over there has it figured out. It was translated into English from an article in the Prague newspaper Prager Zeitungon.
"The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America.
Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president."
LuAnn and I have been to Europe and we have been to Prague. I lost touch of a great Czech friend I met in our trip in 93. I can just hear Jorge and I having that very conversation. Pretty sad isn't it? It's so darn true it is humiliating. Talk about rigorous honesty, that sums it up not so nicely!
This what I was alluding to yesterday. It's our culture, our me first, want it now but can't afford it attitude, at any cost! It is also what I was alluding to in my blog about QE3. Although we follow Keynesian Economic Theory, QE3 does not address infrastructure like WPA did during the Great Depression. We have interest down to zero while our infrastructure falls apart.
I just read about the Olmsted Lock on the Ohio River failing, causing big shipment problems. It would have cost $880 million to repair in 1988 when it should have been done but now will cost $3 billion in 2020. Billions of dollars in goods move up and down the Ohio and barges are less full. The locks couldn't hold back enough water due to the drought.
QE3 dilutes the dollar so low in hopes of being able to afford the interest on our debt. We will make Greece look like childs play, maybe we already have.
That quote just sticks in my gut and makes me mad. Everyone I know and trust doesn't behave that way.
Has the silent majority become the angry minority?