Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Deja Vu, the Carter Era and the Obama Era

The similarities are almost spooky. Energy prices are high. People are worried about scarce commodities. The economy is struggling. These are all cyclical issues and not surprising to see come up again. The eerie similarity between the Carter Era and the Obama Era is in the response to these issues.

Carter, the media, the left, hollywood and much of the public believed the answer to our woes was to turn down the thermostat, wear heavier clothing, use less stuff, essentially, get used to a lower standard of living.

Obama, the media, hollywood and interest groups are now recommending that we inflate our tires more, tune up our cars, drive less, drive smaller cars, wear sweaters, sort our garbage, consume less, essentially, get used to a lower standard of living.

It's similar to Mexico's approach to their economic woes. The government openly admits they don't discourage illegal immigration to America, because subjecting people to the incompetence of their government would be inhumane. They want to have power, but don't want to be expected to produce results.

It didn't work in the 70's. It wont work now. We certainly could just throw up our hands and lower our expectations and our quality of life, but this is still America. We just don't want to, and we don't have to.

It's ironic that the author of "The Audacity of Hope" is promoting hopelessness. Of course, those who do propose that we all make do with less regularly jet around the world in private planes, vacation all over the world, have at least one yacht, wear $3,000 suits and get $400 haicuts.

We aren't going to conserve our way out of this doledrum. We can be more efficient, but we will always want more, better, faster, cooler stuff. It's how we're wired. It's what we do. What we need from the government is to enable the free market and free people to make our wishes real. Just get out of the way.

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