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oldnjal Wrote: Jun 20, 2012 7:41 AM
I expect France to spiral down, blaming everyone, as Obama does,here. Socialists and Marxists cannot seems to learn from History, and so repeat it. My favorite story about Socialism and France was an anecdote about a visiting Brit, who picked up a candy wrapper he did not mean to drop, and was berated by his French companion for taking work away from the man paid to keep the streets clean. The same French companion, I would bet, would vote to raise the minimum wage of the street sweeper.

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

Many people may have voted for Barack Obama in 2008 because of his charisma. But anyone familiar with the disastrous track record of charismatic political leaders around the world in the 20th century should have run for the hills when they encountered a politician with charisma.

What is scarier than any particular political policy or issue is the widespread tendency to treat political issues as personal contests in talking points -- competitive skill in fencing with words -- rather than as serious attempts to find out what the facts are and what the options are.

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