American Elephants


American Government Grinds Slowly to a Halt. by The Elephant's Child

The essential battle takes place at the decision whether a free people should remain free or whether they need to be controlled and managed — for their own good, of course. At least that’s what the controllers believe. The Left has a deep need to control. You never know what a free person might decide to think, or to do.

If you are alert to this tendency, you begin to see it everywhere. Consider creativity. The government is sure that they can foster new ideas, but we see the result in all the wasteful grants hopeful government agencies make. Creativity is not a collective action. People must be free to make decisions, take action, decide.

The more government grows, the worse it gets. How many different agencies must sign off on one small piece of a project before the next one can even be considered? We started out with law to keep bad people from doing bad things. then we started making laws to tell people how to do things, and laws to tell people what things they must do and when they must do them, and what materials they must use and how many people they must hire and slowly, slowly, government grinds to a halt of its own weight, and it becomes impossible to do anything or get anything done. ‘

We have an outbreak of a deadly disease, and we find that those who were supposed to be in charge don’t know what to do. The hospitals don’t understand the protocols, the press demands that the president appoint an Ebola Czar, but nobody seems to know that there is already an Ebola Czar, and the new man knows nothing about medicine or disease and is not the Ebola Czar, although everyone keeps calling him that, he’s the Ebola Response Coordinator, and a long-time political hack who was chief of staff to both Al Gore and Joe Biden, which is not exactly a recommendation. And that is how government works today.

When you are a true believer with a managed, controlled people, you are sure that whatever problems come up will be solved by another law, or more regulation.  As the economy and the government grind more and more slowly, layer on a large dollop of political correctness so that no one will be offended by incorrect speech, add multiculturalism and race and gender to muck up the mix, and you are getting close to modern society.

When government becomes such a slow-grinding machine, what difference does it make if you reward your supporters and cronies with special projects or special funds. Who’s going to know and who’s going to do anything about it anyway. Then you have a president who, exhausted by Congress’s failure to do what he wants, simply takes matters into his own hands. Because nobody knows how to stop him.



Will There Be a Revolution in Europe? by The Elephant's Child

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned today that failure to win the battle against youth unemployment could tear Europe apart, while abandoning the continent’s welfare model in favor or tougher U.S. standards would cause “revolution.”

A generation of young Europeans fear that they will not find jobs, with youth unemployment in the EU standing at nearly one in every four, more than twice the rate of adult unemployment. Yet, he said, if US welfare standards were introduced in Europe “we would have revolution, not tomorrow, but on the very same day.” Schaeuble told a conference in Paris.  U.S. “tougher” standards would create revolution. Tougher?

However dismal the job prospects are for European youth, they are worse for disaffected immigrant Muslim youth, and that’s a very bad sign. So they can’t afford the welfare, and they can’t afford to be tougher about it, so….



If You’re Riding a Dead Horse, For Heaven’s Sake Dismount! by The Elephant's Child
August 5, 2011, 8:40 pm
Filed under: Politics | Tags: , ,

Yesterday was designed to produce bad dreams and sheer fear as the Dow dropped over 500 points through the floor. Our own nation’s refusal to get real about cutting back on spending has roiled the markets, and with Europe’s debt turmoil added in, it created a real panic.

Today, the announcement that U.S. job growth accelerated more than expected in July as private sector employers stepped up hiring, eased fears that the economy is slipping into a double-dip recession.

Nonfarm payrolls increased by 117,000, according to the Labor Department, above market expectations for an 85,000 gain.

The unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent from 9.2 percent in June—mostly as a result of discouraged workers who quit looking for jobs.  Oh. Nevermind.

The market rallied by about 1 percent, but at least it was in the right direction.

Standard&Poors downgraded the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+, just like they said the would. This is a first. Obama says their calculations are wrong.

President Obama announced that he wanted to extend the elimination of the payroll tax.  And he wants an Infrastructure Bank, and lots more spending on infrastructure.  His views are fixed, set in concrete, and he does not change his mind.

Jobs, he believes,  are created by government spending. If it didn’t work with all the “investment spending” that added more than $4 trillion to the national debt, it’s simply because he didn’t invest enough.

I don’t know how we get through to him that his convictions are wrong and his ideas don’t work. He simply doesn’t want to listen.




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