Thursday, July 08, 2010


Since it is wrong to call this President a "socialist" for the reason... Well, because name-calling is bad we suppose.

We like these comments below from Harvard business and history professor Niall Ferguson at the Aspen Ideas Festival, normally a liberal festival.

Reported by The Daily Beast:

If you’re asking if the United States is about to become a socialist state, I’d say it’s actually about to become a European state, with the expansiveness of the welfare system and the progressive tax system like what we’ve already experienced in Western Europe.
The curse of longterm unemployment is that if you pay people to do nothing, they’ll find themselves doing nothing for very long periods of time,” Ferguson said. “Long-term unemployment is at an all-time high in the United States, and it is a direct consequence of a misconceived public policy.
The critical point is if your policy says you’re going run a trillion-dollar deficit for the rest of time, you’re riding for a fall…Then it really is goodbye.” A dashing Brit, Ferguson added: “Can I say that, having grown up in a declining empire, I do not recommend it. It’s just not a lot of fun actually—decline."
Ferguson called for what he called “radical” measures. “I can’t emphasize strongly enough the need for radical fiscal reform to restore the incentives for work and remove the incentives for idleness.

Of course, Professor Ferguson's fields of history and business are so out-dated. Remember, George W. Bush did his undergraduate degree in History and his graduate work in Business! Who wants to go back to 4.5% unemployment?! Puhlease!

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