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By: tmc Thu, 06 Feb 2014 09:56:14 +0000 Though thinking about it, I would understand his approach. If he indeed did get to where he is based on advantages, would he not think that others should also get those same advantages? Hence his apparent policies? If he did not get those advantages, and truly worked his way to the top by merit, then I would expect what you do, that he would support meritocracy? I think that true meritocracy leaves the large majority behind so to speak. Jealousy and other feelings abound… And when the gap in economic status and standards of living widen too, one in the “lower” wrung would not care much about the theories and more about the outcome. When the gap is narrower, those feelings are less important and meritocracy OR Oligarchy work well. I think history would support this.

By: tmc Thu, 06 Feb 2014 09:44:58 +0000 That was damned good COindependant! I never quite looked at it that way, but it sure did make a lot of sense. The truth shows thru.

By: EconCassandra Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:02:39 +0000 @ COindependent —

Excellent comment!

Absolutely the best analysis of Obama I have ever read!

By: COindependent Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:41:56 +0000 ARJ Bush was a known quantity, as was McCain. Whether one agreed with their policies or not, each has a documented history. As for this President….not much, as the press did (and continues) a poor job of vetting his man. We still know very little about him.

Perhaps after he leaves office only then we might learn who is really is and where he came from.

By: ARJTurgot2 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:29:44 +0000 @CO

I generally agree with you but “replacing substance with a facade,”…

He followed Bush, that’s why we have him. His opponent hired a Hail Mary Bimbo to maintain interest in his campaign. I give BO a C-/D+, but I rate his opponents D+/D-. ‘Rape as its own contraceptive’ deserved crucifixion.

By: COindependent Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:34:14 +0000 I find it interesting that a mixed-race guy, raised by a single-parent, graduates from Columbia and Harvard law, and moves up the political food chain to the highest office in the land, has a core grievance with the country that offered him so much opportunity.

Then he uses his power and influence to attempt to radically transform the country form one of a meritocracy to one not of equal opportunity, to one of equal outcomes–based primarily on ones status within the protected classes, and not on their individual skills and motivation.

Something is wrong, when success is positioned as a zero sum game, where no one gets ahead without someone else giving something up.

This President is has been privileged. He was able to take advantage of opportunities not available to most Americans. Was he an honor student, or the beneficiary of affirmative action and school quotas. We do not even know how he paid for his Ivy League education. We know less about this guy than any President in the recent past (even GWB and Al Gore’s college grades).

So this President is not tired, nor is he out of gas. He’s just not up to the job. He wanted the visibility, power and influence, but was not prepared, nor more importantly, motivated to do the work required to excel in the job. He is incapable of building relationships at any level–even within his own party. (Remember, during the build up to the passing of ACA, when Reid and Pelosi effectively removed him from the process?) One cannot expect execution when the foundation is built on platitudes.

America drank the kool-aid, replacing substance with a facade, defined primarily by his physical appearance. And, this is the end result. Expecting anything more is the domain of fools.

By: EconCassandra Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:59:52 +0000 @ JL4 —

You said no one could point to a single reason and say “this is the reason for all our problems”. Well, I did exactly that, but you will not accept the answer.

THAT is the underlying problem of the American people. We seem to have an inordinate amount of difficulty in understanding that a strong wealthy class is NEVER good for this nation. Most other nations have a more realistic concept of what the wealthy class can do to a nation. But we tend to idolize the wealthy class.

THIS is the real underlying problem. You can say “it’s the wealthy class, stupid!” until you are blue in the face, but no one will accept what is literally the “elephant in room”.

This attitude has allowed the wealthy class to run rough shod over the American people since our beginning.

It is the reason why this country has a history of massive boom and bust cycles (more than 50 recessions and depressions since 1790), basically without any restraint over the wealthy class whatsoever.

And they are the direct cause of our economic and social problems today, because beginning in 1980 they once again began to rise to their former positions of power that they last held during the 1920s.

This nation’s economy is about to crash again as it did in 1929, SOLELY because of wealthy excess and unending greed.

US history documents ALL of this, yet the American people bristle when you say “it’s the wealthy class, stupid!” because they simply CANNOT seem to make the connection between the power and stupendous wealth of the wealthy class and the problems that means for the rest of the American people.

If we cannot understand the problem, we cannot find a solution for it.

Clearly, we will never understand that it is the wealthy class that is directly responsible for all of the economic and social problems we have today.

Equally clearly, we are doomed to continue the boom and bust cycles that will eventually destroy this nation.

In fact, this next bust could easily be our last.

I think we have finally reached a breaking point in this nation’s history where we as a nation cannot survive these people any longer.