Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ralph & Sam at Shift Change

The world has undergone a paradigmatic shift change that reminds me of the old Warner Brothers cartoon of Ralph & Sam. Through President Obama, America is clocking out. Through the European leaders, Europe is clocking in.

Alex Tokarev writes in World
At a time when the formerly “laissez-faire” Americans turned to Big Government for help, Europeans made a shocking turn to the right. Sick of political scandals and bureaucratic corruption, tired of high taxes and unemployment, it seems that most citizens of United Europe came to the conclusion during 2009 that they had paid too high a price for the leftist promises of economic safety.

In the most extreme example, the socialist (aka communist) prime minister of Bulgaria introduced a 10 percent flat tax and opened discussions about eliminating the single-payer system of healthcare and the idea of school vouchers. But even that was not enough—the Bulgarian Socialist Party lost the parliamentary elections in the summer by a huge margin to a new right-of-center political formation promising (à la Reagan) more pro-market reforms and lower government spending as a response to the economic crisis.
According to American Thinker Blog:
Sarkozy has made his criticisms only in closed forums in France. But according to a senior Israeli government source, the reports reaching Israel indicate that Sarkozy views the Democratic candidate's stance on Iran as "utterly immature" and comprised of "formulations empty of all content."
Wax on... wax off.

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