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March 8, 2009 at 8:43 PM

Obama’s presidency

Standing your ground – middle ground

I’m like a lot of Americans. Some of the conservative philosophy made sense and I wondered if it would actually work. It didn’t. So, we get the “tax-and-spend Democrats,” and, sure enough, they tax and spend.

Politically speaking, I’m frustrated. Something in the middle would be nice.

The flaw in Republican philosophy is much of the individual responsibility they cherish works great if you have an income over $2 million, but doesn’t work well if you make $45,000 a year, have a mortgage, a wife and two kids.

I took control of my own retirement with the promise that if I was reasonable and prudent — and took some risk — I could do a lot better than the government could with Social Security.

In fact, conservatives said we should throw out Social Security and do it all ourselves. Presuming many readers are in the same boat as me, how was the S.S. 401(k)? How did that philosophy work out?

One solution to control government in the former President Bush years was to install department heads to slow things down or stop enforcement. Specifically, Christopher Cox’s leadership of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) didn’t work too well, as we now observe.

I notice that the phrase, “the financial markets operate best when free from government interference,” hasn’t been heard too much lately. Wonder why? Interestingly, since the Republicans probably lost more money as a group than Democrats, you might think we would hear some complaints, but we haven’t heard any — not a peep.

The flaw in the Democratic philosophy is they spend lots of money in the hope it will do some good, but hate to admit it if it doesn’t. And, they never, never shut down failed programs. They also don’t put in enough money to dig out the “waste and fraud” that seems to tag along once there are some government billions to tap into.

I get the impression that they think everyone will “do the right thing,” regardless of how many times they don’t.

Finally, neither camp does much at all to improve government and make it more responsive; it just gets bigger regardless of who we vote into office. President Obama offered “change.” I’m waiting to see it.

— Richard Shilling, Shoreline

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