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The Lesser of Two Evils in 2013. Can our broken economy be fixed by either of them?

Updated on September 26, 2013

"The lesser of 2 evils in 2012"

Is this a fair statement? I heard a prominent news commentator make this statement about Mr. Romney (That he is the lesser of two evils before the recent presidential elections).

Should we have to settle for "the lesser of two evils"?

Political quibbling simply a ruse to hide politician incompetence.

Are we ready for another 4 years of a do nothing Congress?

These kinds of remarks by "legitimate" newsmen are certainly far from intelligent or productive.

The 2012 presidential elections are over and the war has already begun between the Democrats and the GOP/tea party. The first statements made by House speaker Boehner: 'We will not back down on not taxing the wealthy' and making major changes in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

In an email i received today from Progressive

"This week President Obama declared an amazing victory for the values that built the middle class in this country and urged us to remember that we're all in this together. It was awesome.

That’s why the Republican-led Congress is moving full steam ahead to slash Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.....wait, what?

Paul Ryan and a coalition of CEOS and lobbyists are pushing now to gut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to fund even more tax breaks for the wealthiest 2%. Even though voters said a resounding “no” to their failed economic ideas and made-up math. The worst part is, it looks like lots of Democrats -- including President Obama -- think it’ll be best to cave to Republicans' latest tantrum for the sake of having a deal.

Any deal."

It is difficult to imagine there will be any appreciable differences between the last 4 years and the next 4. Does anyone really believe that Romney would have been the "lesser of two evils"??

The economy

The reason i generally use Webster dictionary definitions in my articles is to avert any misunderstandings; and for clarification of purpose; to avoid confusion of intent, by those who read them.

Econometrics 101: The application of statistical methods to the study of economic data and problems.

Economy 101:

  • 1. the management of household or private affairs and especially expenses.
  • 2. a thrifty and efficient use of material resources.
  • 3. frugality in expenditures.
  • 4. an instance or a means of economizing (savings).
  • 5. the arrangement or modes of operation of something (organization).
  • 4. the structure of economic life in a country, area, or period (of time) - specifically an economic system.

We need to view our economic crisis on a national AND a global scale in order to understand its complexities. Pointing fingers and trying to assign blame is counterproductive; and meaningless arguments and/or discussions on (parts) of the reasons for our current dilemma will never solve the problem.

As with everything that man does - there must be adequate, reasonable, moral and ethical "regulations" and "rules" of conduct to avoid misuse, abuse, corruption, and unbiased interpretation of purpose, for establishing any, and all, systems that are meant to be fair and equitable for ALL people of our nation and our global society as well.

Perimeters of control

  • 1. the boundary of a closed plane figure.
  • 2. the line, or strip, bounding, or protecting, and area.
  • 3. outer limits (being the operative force of influences)

There is a total (ultimate) level of "communal" monetary fluidity in everything from family budgeting to local governments, state governments, national governments and ultimately the global economy.

The basic premise (concept) is the same for all of them: income versus spending that must be adhered to, in order to maintain continuity and stability on each level.

Without perimeter control our budgets are uncontrollable and unsustainable if any deviations occur. In the current state of our economy - too much of the income (and/or circulating money) is used for personal and selfish purposes.

By that i mean excessive amounts of money are being taken out of our economy, and placed into personal bank accounts, simply out of greed, or deliberately to weaken the U.S. and global economy to the point of dissolution, termination, or destruction by breaking down, disrupting, or dispersing the life blood of our economy; leading to the dissolution of the government itself.

Note: (This is NOT a conspiracy theory - it is actually happening right under our very noses. As shown by the obvious increasing disparity between the wealthy and the rest of the people)

If we take any undue (excessive amount) from the "communal" money that is required to be recycled to ensure fluidity then collapse is inevitable (incapable of being avoided).

Our constitutional rights must encompass ALL people. This is not being done today. (with the reasons being obvious and apparent). (And being aided and abetted with the sanctioning of the supreme court that has allowed corporations the same privileges as a person, but without restrictions necessary to maintain the status quo)

As the few greedy wealthy (via out of control corporate America) continue to drain the economy of that fluidity (the life blood of our economy) necessary to sustain and maintain that status quo, there can be no other outcome than the death of the host (the collapse of our economy). [if we drain the blood from a human body - the body dies] [if we drain the monetary fluidity out of the economy - the economic system dies].

It cannot be made more simple than that.

We need to be asking ourselves (and our leaders):

  • Where are the perimeters of control?
  • Where are the guardians of our economic stability?
  • Who will stand up for the people against those who are abusing, misusing and killing our very way of life?
  • Are there ANY actual economic 'physicians' capable of treating a sick/injured economy?
  • Will the opposition to any cure be stronger than the instinct, and desire, of our people to survive? [the 1% versus the 99%]

Treating economic wounds

mad dogs at the door
mad dogs at the door | Source
can not fix the economy with bandades
can not fix the economy with bandades

Analogical conclusion

We all know that if you have a human body with multiple bleeding wounds to its skin (the perimeter of control of bleeding) that without treating all of the wounds simultaneously the living body will terminate (from bleeding to death).

Treating only one wound at a time is tantamount to incompetence on the part of the treating physician.

A physician who cannot view the body as a "whole" living organism should not be a physician at all.
Our acting president is our (one and only) hope for the survival of the economic (body) of this nation and ultimately the global one as well.

Quibbling over religious dogma and who should, or should not, have equal rights based on moral grounds is a distraction from the greater picture, and simply a means of evading the point of an argument, or reluctance to face the greater problem (our broken economy).

By virtue of this constant avoidance of addressing and attacking the basics for repairing the economy, we must also take a look at the reasons for this evasion by those who have the authority to do so.

Cajoling, or trying to deceive the public with soothing, or accusatory, words or false promises, by our politicians is just a symptom of their ineptness, and their apparent lack of a basic understanding, or ability to view the problem as a whole.

At least that is the logical perception of their abilities, or lack thereof. One would loathe to view them as competent and merely gaming the system for their own personal gains at the expense of all others, as does corporate America itself.

We have all seen (and heard) the lies, half truths and innuendos being fraught upon us by the presidential hopefuls, and the frightening prospect that the likes of a M.Romney might one day take over the white house.

Our best hope is that the current president be allowed to continue to guide this nation on a path of progression; and not regression, oppression, and the return of those archaic unrealistic 'conservative' ideas that his opponents are hell bent on forcing on us instead.

It really is appalling, and disheartening, that President Obama will be the one referred to as the "lesser of two evils", and face the continued constant overt obstructionism by his losing opponents for another four years of a "no action congress".

by d.william 04/20/2012

The lesser of two evils? (The same applies to Romney)

Will We all be just left crying in the rain??


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    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      My new revelation that everyone denies the need for is to establish perimeters of control around corporate america to stop the bleeding of economic funds from general circulation to private accounts to the point of crippling this nation.

      Without dissolving monopolies and placing those Perimeters of control, there can be no cure for this broken economy.

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      7 years ago from upstate, NY

      It seems your right, we seem to be at an impasse but that doesn't mean we can't continued to attempt to influence each others opinions. Maybe one of us can come up with a new revelation that can clear up this never ending controversy! One can only hope!

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      your statements may be true about what each side would (does) say. But saying words does not make it true. Both are wrong by themselves. But if they were intelligent enough to combine their ideas in a constructive way there might be some hope for us after all. But i do not see this happening any time soon. Both want to rule, neither knows how to do so independently or appropriately.

      We seem to be at an irreconcilable stalemate - acceptable grounds for divorce, but not for government.

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      7 years ago from upstate, NY

      Has thier ever been a government or society that didn't run on greed? Do you think the socialist countries don't run on greed? Has thier ever been a society that really rewards virtue? Do our presidents reward virtue, do the communist commissars, does any other country?

      As to how to fix the problem, those on the left would say more regulations, more programs, more education more, more taxes, more spending ect! Those on the right would say enforce the Constitution, get the government out of the private sector and out of our lives so that the creative force of the free market can go to work!

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      both views are valid. I just feel that if our government was not so corrupted by greed we could have avoided this problem altogether. I guess one could not exist without the other, and both have equal responsibility. The dilemma is who, and how, to fix it.

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      7 years ago from upstate, NY

      Maybe what we're arguing over is similar the question of "what came first the chicken or the egg"? You see corporate power as creating a corrupt government and I see a corrupt government creating corporate corruption! I guess where we're arguing over what is the symptom and what is the cause!

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading and your comments. The government is not the culprit taking our tax dollars out of circulation. That is not even debatable. They have certainly made it easier for corporate america to have free access to all our tax money, especially with the help of the radical right supreme court on their side, but they are only mouth pieces for Corporate America and the wealthy who actually own and run our government.

      President Obama is the only president in our history that has actually started to control the problems, but he has not gone far enough, and it is doubtful that those who actually control the purse strings will ever allow him, or any other president, to do so. Re-electing the Republican party to (run or ruin) the government will certainly stop, and undo, any good this president has accomplished. He probably would have accomplished more, if he did not have the GOP fighting him every step of the way.

      Deregulating would cause more of a drain on our economy and a greater disparity between the classes than one could ever imagine. Never mind the destruction to our planet and our food and water supplies with the increased pollution that would take place.

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      7 years ago from upstate, NY

      "A physician who cannot view the body as a "whole" living organism should not be a physician at all.Our acting president is our (one and only) hope for the survival of the economic (body) of this nation and ultimately the global one as well."

      This is a good point, when dealing with a national economy, seeing the big picture is crucial! It may be that the president at this time is the only one with enough clout and power to bring our economy back from the brink. Now mind you, I don't think that this is a good thing because the president is supposed to be merely a representative of a self-governing poeples and not a saviour!

      Now you know my politics, of course and I see the government as being the chief culprit is taking investment dollars out of circulation by high taxes, regulations and punishing success!

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      thank you so much for being a loyal reader. I always enjoy your comments of hope. You are way more optimistic than i am. I am glad you liked the video. That is one of my favorites. I just made a music video chronicling his journey from American Idol to current. He has performed in just about every country around the world since his American Idol days. (I also made videos chronicling the journey of Susan Boyle and the British group Spandau Ballet).

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The video does say it all, 'Is anybody listenibg' The people must see that we are losing more and more of our privileges. My hope is that the President will be reelected and the house will work with him to make this a better place, of course for that to happen, we must vote for people who care more about our country than money. Another great article..Enjoyed

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      thank you for being the first to read my newest article. Your kind words are appreciated. Please feel free to read and comment on any of my works.

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      Kathleen Cochran 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      This is the first hub of yours I've read. You certainly have a point of view and are interesting to read. I'll have to make time to read some more of your articles.


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