Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I'm going to make a sweeping statement:

Those who go into government service are generally content with the status quo, but see some (slight) room for improvement.

Those who see grave defects with the system don't have the personality or patience to put up the compromises and glacially slow pace of change. Those with a great deal of energy become entrepreneurs. Those with a great deal of intellect become academics or similar. Those with a high degree of curiosity become scientists.

So the most conventional minds run the world, they, thus, can never take the bold steps needed to avoid disasters.

I've participated in two polls recently and both were flawed in the same way. The questions limited the choice of options. For example, one asked the best way to fund increased oil production in the US. There was no choice about not trying to expand production.

Mother nature doesn't follow the polls...

Policies not Politics
---- Daily Landscape

by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Tue Aug 1st, 2006 at 06:43:21 PM EST

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