The Silly Season is Once Again Upon Us

Posted: June 19, 2012 in Economy, Energy, Politics
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Frustrating yet interesting. There’s so much happening in many northern European countries (Norway, Denmark, etc.) that could theoretically be applied to the US, but don’t have the proverbial snowball’s chance of happening. One key example is the area of renewable energy. Regardless of the method of generation (and frankly it doesn’t even have to necessarily be renewable energy), to operate in the most efficient fashion possible will require a comprehensive Smart Grid. And to make that happen, we need the regional and national will to go ahead and implement one. You hear all the arguments about how Big Brother will be watching, yadda yadda yadda, and that’s the key right there. As a nation, we regularly elect government officials that we wouldn’t invite into our homes to babysit our children! We don’t trust them with THAT much authority and power. So goes similar criticism of government-run healthcare, higher taxes for social programs, and so on. Norway has something like a 60% tax rate, and because of the revenue said tax rate generates, they offer comprehensive healthcare, a year of maternity AND paternity leave for a newborn, 3 months of vacation, and so on. Why? Because their political leaders can be trusted to not screw around with the power they have been bestowed with. The statment “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely” has been modified in Washington to be “power corrupts and absolute power is actually pretty neat!” If we could figure out how to judge (and ultimately elect) politicians based on their character instead of just their political views, we’d probably be in much better shape as a country. So please, I don’t particularly care about your political views, just as you probably don’t care about mine. But as we approach the fall elections (and surprisingly I’m less concerned about the Presidential election than I am about the Congressional elections), don’t just knee-jerk select the candidate who is affiliated with your party. Research the candidates and try to vote for those who exude a character worthy of the power that would be bestowed upon them.

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