Signs of the times...
Wether you voted for him or not, President Obama has been quick to make enemy's, at least in the range of bumper stickers that have originated since his election!
This hub will not win any awards, but it may bring a smile to your face.
As a denizen of Spain, and natural born Brit, I have no say in how the world is run (and I'm happy about that!) - but obviously a whole lot of folks feel bad about what President Obama is doing...
But are they justified?.... preconceptions are often durable, but I find that some basic research can often force one to change them... you decide, my natural inclination is to distrust President Obama, but that does not mean that he cannot be a useful tool for change.
Obama let congressional Democrats take the lead in writing the $787 billion economic stimulus package rather than submitting his own bill—a key tactical move designed to get a fast legislative victory and overcome nearly unanimous Republican opposition.
Of course the thing always ignored is that borrowed money needs to be repaid with interest, and $787 billion represents about $2,000 per American, so the average household now owes between $8-10,000 to the bankers that caused the problem in the first place, and who are now lending you back your own money so that you can create a false stimulus in the economy, based upon generating more spending.... go figure!
BTW does anybody actually know WHERE all that cash went to the seems to have disappeared into thin air?
Of course the whole concept of socialism is kinda alien to the American people, having been a capitalist haven for so long, well since you were founded actually!
I've lived in socialist and capitalist environs, and I must admit that both have their plus's and minus's, but inherently my inclination is towards the free movement of people and capital in the pursuit of increasing everyone's wealth and lifestyle choices, which leads me to favour capitalism despite it's obvious dangers and side effects.
My experience has shown me that socialism is better for the people, until (as Maggie Thatcher stated) the money runs out, but capitalism is better for the country.
England, from whence I originated, was (and is and probably will be) ruled in succession during my time there.
The parties effectively changed sides each time an election was lost, switching from government to opposition.
The sequence seemed to be that the folk would elect a socialist government after a long period of capitalist rule, and that socialist government would inherit a rich country, then spend the wealth on 'restoring' what the capitalists had neglected to take care of, so money would go to health, education and social engineering.
I was born into a country run by Labour (socialist) which had been elected when the men returned from WW2, fed up with what their 'betters' had gotten them into.
It managed to create the National Health Service, providing free medicine for all.... free that is at the point of service, because obviously the state picked up the bill and the people paid it.
It's brief was "It shall be the duty of the Minister of Health … to promote the establishment … of a comprehensive health service designed to secure improvement in the physical and mental health of the people of England and Wales and the prevention diagnosis and treatment of illness and for that purpose to provide or secure the effective provision of services …" and in retrospect it tries as hard as it can to do that.
The folk who work in the health service are generally ideologically motivated (excepting perhaps the highly paid surgeons and consultants) mainly because they are underpaid and overworked.
The by product of being free is that everyone wants to use it for anything at all, and the ethos of offering universal healthcare has meant in past years, that many immigrants targeted the UK as a great place to get the healthcare they cannot afford 'back home' .... and who can blame them?
Well the folk who pay for the service, that's who!
Having sad that America spends much more on healthcare than the UK does, yet seems to get less for its dollar...
So will President Obama's new healthcare plan make a real difference?
Frankly I don't know.
I do know that America is in the grips of one of the most organised crime rackets ever to exist... BigPharma and it's 'enforcers' the FDA, and that unless you could remove those powerful corrupt bodies it would be difficult to achieve genuine improvement.
Don't get me speaking about the banking crisis.... it cost me a couple of million dollars and frankly it made me slightly biased against bankers in general.
Now I am going to shut up, and let the bumper stickers do their job, to either enrage you are give you a grin...
Looking at the hubs written by Americans it's obvious that there is real fear that the country will be reduced to a socialists haven and all that America once stood for will be lost to history.
It's probably a fair assessment, for Americans top make.
If you have lived in Europe you will probably recognise that it is possible to have a caring society that does not suppress totally the individual, it's gotten more difficult since the New World Order has come out into the open and been endorsed by all the main world leaders, but it's theoretically possible.
Now I hadanother Obama hub that propositioned that he would end up being the Antichrist but it was taken from an email I was sent, and since that email appears worldwide, the hub is not showing, due to the old 'duplicated content' rules! - which make it difficult to quote stuff that shows elsewhere.
Personally I think he is the precursor to the Antichrist, a facilitator rather than the real thing, but I'm not sure and it's possible that he may pick up more 'power' when 'Satan comes into him' as is predicted for the AC.
Either way, it has made me less concerned about 'these things' for the temporal activities of Presidents and Kings count for nought in Gods scheme of things....
And we end on those words of Maggie Thatchers... "The problem with socialism it that eventually you run out of other peoples money" - How succinct!