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Obama Sells Old Ideas as New

J352 Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 12:02 PM
Wow, Jonah - this is shallow even for you. Since when has innovation been partisan or political? Can any political party these days claim to be innovative and the promoter of new ideas? Come on. "Politics" is so devolved (and decoupled from any notions of governance or leadership) that it no longer can claim to be a dynamic process. Pick on politicians if you wish but the effort is wasted. Nevertheless to be pragmatic investment in our infrastructure is critical. Jonah cherry picks some silly comments to critique the Pres and touts that the US is far and away doing fine (no need for old, bad ideas like folksy "alternative" energy). Yet check out (http://www.economist.com/node/18620944) for context. And yes the Economist leans right.
MNTeacher Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 12:33 PM
"Can any political party these days claim to be innovative and the promoter of new ideas?"

The Democrats have, repeatedly, and have criticized the Republicans for not having any new ideas. Hence Goldberg's article.
robinsky2 Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 7:19 PM
AQCinNC and Mn Teacher..thank You! Well said~
ACinNC Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 12:17 PM
I think you missed his point. You stated "Can any political party these days claim to be innovative and the promoter of new ideas?". That's exactly the point Mr. Goldberg is making. BHO is marketing himself as being full of new ideas (he did criticize the RNC in Tampa as being so "last century").

And spending on infrastructure is a legitimate role for government, no doubt. But it is not the solution to solving our serious economic downtown. Govt is not the answer as a huge spender of $'s........Only the private sector truly creates wealth, economic growth, and prosperity. Every dollar spent by the govt comes from taxation, and is a dollar not spent by the private sector. At best, it nets to a $0 economic impact.
ACinNC Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 12:15 PM
I think you missed his point. You stated "Can any political party these days claim to be innovative and the promoter of new ideas?". That's exactly the point Mr. Goldberg is making. BHO is marketing himself as being full of new ideas (he did criticize the RNC in Tampa as being so "last century").

And spending on infrastructure is a legitimate role for government, no doubt. But it is not the solution to solving our serious economic downtown. Govt is not the answer as a huge spender of $'s........Only the private sector truly creates wealth, economic growth, and prosperity. Every dollar spent by the govt comes from taxation, and is a dollar not spent by the private sector. At best, it nets to a $0 economic impact.

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