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American Reconstruction Discussion

The financial crisis on Wall Street has finally opened the eyes of business journalists and political power elites to the sham of Ronald Reagan’s voodoo economics and ideology of laissez faire government inaction. It’s time for us to press this point, and re-emphasize that Reagan turns out to be as empty-headed as he at first appeared to be.

However, it’s not enough for us to merely criticize. The exposure of the right wing’s fraud against America gives us the opportunity to build something better.

What should that be? What are the elements you believe should be part of a new American agenda?

2 comments to American Reconstruction Discussion

  • Ralph

    One thing I would like to see is a measured, long-term response to a relatively large number of threats at once.

    This is especially true of the Bush administration, but the press has been playing along too. We hear nothing at all from the press, the administration, or congressional leadership for years about threats people know very well out there. Then suddenly a story breaks through the fog of Lindsey and Britney’s sobriety and–holy shit! We haven’t been doing crap for years but we suddenly have to do something about Al Qaeda/WMD/Bird Flu/Levies/Social Security/Credit Crisis/The Asteroid Headed Toward Earth/Fill-in-the-Blank! Now, now! This week, by Friday, no time to figure out what we’re doing, or we’re all screwed! Oh, and we need nine hundred kajillion tax dollars to fix it, and don’t be a traitor gumming up the works asking why.

    Let’s deal with problems before they become crises, instead of waiting until someone can persuasively say they do and then freaking.

    This, I think, would be among the best changes to make to our general policy approach.

  • I agree with you in that general perspective. To add to that, I think we need to address community environmental issues – meaning the way we’ve built our communities, and bringing them back together in a way that makes sense in terms of the land. We’re not going to be able to keep up the driving culture in the way that we have, and we need to reconnect with the wealth that comes from the land – meaning family food production.

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