This is the longest day for political junkies, and I was counting on the New York Times’ David Brooks to serve up his usual excellent bit of commentary as part of the program of time-filling until the first exit-polls-to-be-ignored arrived. Instead I find, courtesy of RobinsonandLong.com, the bell tolling for all of us, but especially for those just now entering into power by virtue of the passing for the boomers:
Raised in prosperity, favored by genetics, these young meritocrats will have to govern in a period when the demands on the nation’s wealth outstrip the supply. They will grapple with the growing burdens of an aging society, rising health care costs and high energy prices. They will have to make up for the trillion-plus dollars the government will spend to avoid a deep recession. They will have to struggle to keep their promises to cut taxes, create an energy revolution, pass an expensive health care plan and all the rest.
It gets worse. Read the whole thing. Then flee the country.
Sorry, but a financial crisis does not a Great Depression make, and the productivity revolution unleashed by the chip is just beginning to spin out. Political will is necessary to build the nuclear plants necessary to power up a much expanded grid, but not new technology. There’s plenty of oil for the transition years, though we have to go and get it. The aging society isn’t a vast wave of rocking chair bound droolers, but an army of experienced, active seniors who will consume and contribute long past their parents’ generation. Medicine continues to leap, and freedom continues to spread –yes, even in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Only government at home or enemies abroad can stunt or kill the dynamic qualities of this country and its economy and those of its global imitators.
Off to search www.amaze.fm for some new music for tonight’s six hour election show. Everything at the site has been created by Americans without the help of anyone in a major corporation, using their own technology. The site didn’t exist three weeks ago. Think about it David. It is a great time to be alive and an American, no matter who wins today.
UPDATE: Enjoy this interview. Maybe Berman can moderate in 2012?
And many, many e-mails like this one:
I just got through voting here in Virginia, and climbed in my car to
drive to work and heard the “news” about how McCain is soooo far
behind Obama it is practically over already. and I want you to say to everyone out there:
Don’t listen to the left “news”. What I saw while voting was the
exact opposite of what I heard on the radio as soon as I was done.
When I arrived, the turnout was phenomenal – I’ve voted every
opportunity I’ve had since I turned 18, and I have never seen a
turnout like this. It took a while to find parking, and then I had
to walk a ways to get to the voting place. Then, when I got in line,
I began to watch closely to see what people were doing. The majorityof the people in line were holding the Republican sample ballot. I saw a few holding the Democratic sample ballot, a few holding both, and a few holding neither. BUT THE GREAT MAJORITY WERE PROUDLY HOLDING THE REPUBLICAN SAMPLE BALLOT. Not just that, but the gentleman handing out the Democratic sample ballots actually looked very embarrassed and was begging people to take his ballots. I feltsorry for him, but I wasn’t about to take a ballot since I want
people to realize McCain HAS A VERY GOOD FIGHTING CHANCE!
Please pass this on to your listeners… and keep spreading the word.
God Bless and Preserve this Nation UNDER GOD!