Friday, February 11, 2005

Mark Steyn: "the Dems are all exit and no strategy."

Mark Steyn on Bush's push for *climate* change:

This week's U.N. report on Sudan nicely captures the alternative to Bush-style climate change. After months of expressing deep concern, grave concern, deep concern over the graves and deep grave concern over whether the graves were deep enough, Kofi Annan managed to persuade the U.N. to set up a committee to look into what's going on in Darfur. They've just reported back that it's not genocide. Phew, thank goodness for that. It turns out it's just 70,000 corpses who all happen to be from the same ethnic group; could happen anywhere. But it's not genocide, so don't worry about it.

That's the transnational establishment's alternative to Bush dynamism: appoint a committee that agrees on the need to do nothing. By happy coincidence, that's also the Democrats' line on Social Security. In a sense, these two issues are opposite sides of the same coin. It was noted in the chancelleries of certain capitals that, in a speech aimed in large part at a global audience, the president didn't even mention Europe. Why would he? One reason the Continent is in no position to make any kind of useful contribution to the war on terror or reform of the Middle East is because of its inability to get to grips with the looming disaster of its own state pensions liabilities.

For purposes of comparison, by 2050 public pensions expenditures are expected to be 6½ percent of gross domestic product in the United States, 16.9 percent in Germany, 17.3 percent in Spain, and 24.8 percent in Greece.

Looks like Europe could use a dose of cowboy capitalism.


Anonymous said...

To rescue our Social Security system, a.k.a. our enforced socialism, howsabout we appoint the other W (you know: WJClinton, not GWBush) to serve as international spokesperson to collect donations for the American Social Security Fund. Clinton still has that sexy handshake that can raise millions from the pockets of fools. We just change the name from "Social Security" to "Social Justice." Then we send Bill on the road as "International Chairman of American Social Justice." Can't you see the righteous contributors lining up to "help rescue America's worst Big Government Program from privatization....."

Clara said...

How's about Stephen Moore and Mark Skousen just take over the government in some sort of coup. Or is there a law against that? Too bad... because in ten years, even the nay-sayers would thank us.

spacious-skies said...

Great link you've posted here. This Mark Steyn column rates a perfect score.

You'd think that some appeasers and isolationists would shuffle to the front of the class to eat humble pie and start acknowledging the efficacy of Bush's posture.

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Let's undo the U.N. said...

Re Dems' "grave concern over whether the graves are deep enough," wasn't it a wee bit uncharitable of some Koffi fans to snarl that asian children's deaths-due-to-tsunami should elicit only partial empathy whereas african children's
deaths-due-to-AIDS should elicit full empathy. For a moment, some gravytrain types sounded fairly racist.

Not that it is ever okay to question the purity of care-giving officials of the United Nations.

Adam Scavone said...

"This is a president who wants to leave his mark on more than a cocktail dress."

woah!! tough to argue with that.

anarchocapitalistinlerner said...

This is a president who wants people to start leaving their OWN mark,instead of "Property of the GOV'T."
Anarcho Capitalist in Lerner

spacious-skies said...

So I guess you bloggers have seen the book Cowboy Capitalism by Olaf Gersemann.

marco said...

I gave a copy of that book to my Finnish CC teacher to read a few weeks ago; i can't wait to hear what she has to say.

Anonymous said...

If Mark Steyn can call 2 Grammys for Bill "no strategy."

Just watch your back, watch your liberty's back, watch your voting booth's back. The Big Gov Dems haven't really exited; they're outside leaning on the ropes, networking how to litigate their way back onto the dance floor. Plenty of watchdogging ahead, to fend off the socialists barking at the gates.

Clara said...

Marco, do you have a death wish or something?!

I shouldn't talk; I printed out the full text of Mark Skousen's essay "Persuasion vs. Force" and gave it to my Marxist economics professor. No word yet on whether he's read it.