Comments on: Obama’s chance for a legacy Mon, 20 May 2013 19:02:41 +0000 hourly 1 By: Freedomist Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:44:14 +0000 Kempe is extremely selective in his historical overview of Atlanticism. He clearly missed the significance of the Atlantic Union Movement in the U.S. Congress (49-75). For more information, check out

By: Crash866 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 19:38:08 +0000 Where the system fails is at the individual level–where a person makes poor decisions or fails to apply the necessary effort, but expects the same rewards as the person who did.

And that is where we are headed under the current mindset of most of the people in the US and the current adminstration. Big government and they way the last few generations have been raised have sealed the deal.

Look to help from Europe? Sounds about right as the government moves in that direction which will prove to be a huge mistake.

By: stambo2001 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 19:21:08 +0000 Obama’s best chance at a ‘legacy’ would be to step down and admit he couldn’t lead a crackie to a crack house.

By: jaham Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:44:40 +0000 Obama’s only chance for a positive legacy is to reform entitlements before they bankrupt this country…otherwise his Presidency is an utter failure.

By: COindependent Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:30:42 +0000 @CLO I will agree with you to a certain point. The willingness of the American worker to “work harder” is part of our culture. It’s what makes us relatively unique in the world because we have dissolved many of the class distinctions.

We have been raised (at least to this point) that “the harder you work, the more successful you can be.” (Acknowledging that “success” can be measured in innumerable ways.)

While there are no guarantees, the fact is that economic upward mobility is available to any person who is willing to invest the effort AND assume the risks. Thus, you have people who work more than a forty hour week to help their children pay for higher education, who work two jobs to afford a nicer home or a better car. Yes, in some cases it promotes additional consumption, but the beauty of that scenario is that it is an individual decision–not something defined by government or the class in which you were born.

If one his happy with their status in life, then they can make the appropriate choices. If one aspires to something greater, then they have the opportunity to make the choices/sacrifices necessary.

Where the system fails is at the individual level–where a person makes poor decisions or fails to apply the necessary effort, but expects the same rewards as the person who did.

By: CanyonLiveOak Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:56:05 +0000 People in the U.S. are willing to work harder and longer with less time off? In many cases I would say they are “forced” by market conditions, collective peer pressure or other factors to take those hours.

Building things is a great creative endeavor, but until we learn to photosynthesize, revving up the engine off production is inherently coupled with environmental degradation – so higher gross domestic product is at best a questionable pursuit.

I love my country, and I love a good many of our modern conveniences, but it is about time that we all stopped burying our heads in the sand like ostriches, and faced the fact that we live in a finite system, where our collective actions have real consequences…

By: OneOfTheSheep Wed, 20 Feb 2013 05:38:47 +0000 So Mr.Kempe thinks the “salvation” of our constitutional republic is to ally with socialist Europe? That’s like a drowning person looking for help from someone that can’t swim.

The United States and the United Kingdom and Europe have some common interests. They have NEVER, however, shared common goals when it comes to societies, production, investment and rewards.

People in the U.S. are willing to work harder and longer with less time off in order to be better off financially. The U.K. and Europe are more of the “union” mind set, where getting ahead is by seniority rather than skill or ability to produce “more”. The result is that the U.S. has more people willing to “take a chance” on the “next big thing, more self-sufficient and confident.

Europe has more of the “average” and “below average” because those who would win at the game of life tend to go where they are financially appreciated and rewarded more. China’s big limitation is that their people are not ALLOWED to “think outside the box”. So that will tend to keep them in it.

By: aussie66 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 04:04:43 +0000 It is very hard to see where the benefits of this partnership will be. It won’t be the containment of globalization, because it is US and EU multinationals who started it, and are still expanding this by building factories in Asia. They will not let anybody to stay in their way.

So it seems to me that US is simply looking for a willing partner to help it regain world dominance and some manufacturing jobs (from Europe. I hope down-to-the-ground Europeans will see through this. I can see why this has to be done on one tank of gas.

From pivot to Asia to pivot to Europe – how about pivot back home?

By: EconCassandra Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:36:40 +0000 Too little, far too late.

China WILL become the next hegemon in the world, and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it.

On a more practical note, what would we survive on without trade goods from China?