Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Concerning your first sentence: "Reagan was partly right saying: 'Government is the problem.'"

Reagan was never right about anything, partially or otherwise. As detailed in Stockman's book, numbers were created out of thin air, then modified to comply with political dogma. Famously in one instance, a major component (defense spending increases, if I remember correctly) were multiplied by 4 just because Reagan misunderstood a number as being yearly, instead of the sum spread over the course of his first 4 year term, and no one wanted to call him on it.

In the course of it all, the interest on the debt alone rose to a yearly amount ($138 billion in 1987) greater than the original budgeted defense budget ($136 billion in 1980 - One has to qualify that, since there was so much off-budget...but I don't want to get into the whole Bush black-ops thing.)

My point is merely this. What we (USians) have had in the last 28 some years has not been government. It has been manipulation of assets for the monied class, it has been a continuous death-rattle reaction to the humiliation of losing an undeclared war in Viet Nam, and it has been hopefully the last desperate gasp grasp for riches by those who see that the arc of history is not going to go their way...but it hasn't been 'government'.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Thu Jan 22nd, 2009 at 10:12:04 AM EST
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