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"Forward" to the Past?

SimcoeJim Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 12:37 PM
Most puzzling to me is that even though stories like this have been going around ever since I started to pay attention to politics (in my 30's I'm 77 now) we've understood that central government doesn't work. We elect government officials who we think are at least as savvy about these things as we are but yet the 'machine' keeps grinding away, taking away personal initiative, our liberties, and now driving us toward the Obama goal of "fundamental change" which has all the trappings of the failed regimes that Reagan and Thatcher warned against. What happens to these people when they get to Washington, that they lose their principles? We are headed for scary times.
Svobodnik Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 2:50 AM
This has been noted - there is something about the atmosphere in Washington that seems to take the knife edge off of all but the most committed conservatives. That is why conservatives have to hound their elected representatives and hold their feet to the fire.
RJBJr Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 12:53 PM
Hmmmm..... I saw the same effects working in large corporations. When any organization gets too big, the leaders lose touch with the basics. Actually, most often they never learned the basics to begin with. They don't know enough to solve basic problems that arise. So, they lobby for favors just as the governments borrow to keep themselves afloat.
Anonymous5779 Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 12:42 PM
Your insight is spot on...I have always wondered the same things...(I am 72) it is literal insanity to go back and try and make a success of what is known as guaranteed failure. There is always weeping and gnashing of teeth...what a price to pay for "charisma"...

The political slogan "Forward" served Barack Obama well during this year's election campaign. It said that he was for going forward, while Republicans were for "going back to the failed policies that got us into this mess in the first place."

It was great political rhetoric and great political theater. Moreover, the Republicans did virtually nothing to challenge its shaky assumptions with a few hard facts that could have made those assumptions collapse like a house of cards.

More is involved than this year's political battles. The word "forward" has been a political battle cry on the left for...