Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Altshuler Machiavellianism

From page A5 | July 07, 2014 |


America has become a nation that China’s leaders laugh at and the rest of the democratic world despairs of. Our debt is rising, our population is aging in a budget-threatening way, our schools are mediocre by international standards, our infrastructure rickety, our regulations dense, our tax code byzantine, our immigration system hare brained and we have fallen from first position in the World Economic Forum’s competitiveness rankings to fifth in just five years.

Mikhail Gorbachev, past president of the Soviet Union, often repeated a parable about the innate egalitarian tendencies that motivate progression towards socialism.

A peasant finds Aladdin’s lamp:

“What would you like me to do for you?” the genie asks.

“Look at my neighbor. He has a good family, good crops and the latest means of conveyance,” the peasant says. “Look at me,” he continues. “My wife is awful, I have no harvest and I don’t even have a means of conveyance.”

“So do you want me to make your life like his?” the genie asks.

“No I want you to make his life like mine.”

Fixing our nation’s problems requires a concerted, mutually respectful, cooperative effort by all Americans of any political stripe. Denigration of religions and all things conservative is counterproductive. Come on, Gene, use your considerable skill to bring us together. Focus on specific solutions to the issues outlined above. There simply is no monopoly on angel wings by either party.

Arroyo Grande



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