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The Un-System

The Government in Spain has announced that any bank transfer of $5000.00 (equiv.) or over, will be subject of explanation to the local IRS, via the banks.

Well that will stimulate the economy, currently situated at around 20% unemployment. The chase on of course, for taxes to pay the national overdraft. But placing anyone who’s still working or creating jobs on some sort of most wanted list the craziest of all economic policies to pull a country out of its crisis. Forcing everyone and everything underground, bartering, not trading, no longer paying any taxes, or simply splitting up payments or transfers into fragments not surpassing the limit which used to be $15000.00, or so, let alone collect an increased general sales tax on goods and servcies of 18%.

This Government and its Prime Minister truly clueless about how to kickstart the economy and sadly representing a political class wallowing in its own mediocrity, never having had a job other than working for the Party, without any savy whatsoever as to how to deal with complex national problems. And answering only to that Party, never their constituents. Making the US or UK systems while much criticized, still the lesser of several evils.

At nomination time here the norm not being What Can He Do? but, To Hell With All This, He Sounds So Damn Good!

Cosmetics all of it, fake vision and methods, appearance what counts.

Not even style mattering, looking at their plastic frowns and vacant, goofy smiles.

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Brightness Dark

For certain complex jobs, complex men are not always the answer. Slightly obstinate, one-track minded thinkers sometimes much better equipped to face a world itself obstinate and one-dimensional, in so many of its parts.

Take the case of President Reagan, my old friend Irwin Steinberg once assured me, not the brightest leader but wearing out the Russians who were just as torpid, plus running out of gas and high-octane young blood. Young Clinton a lot smarter but screwing up on everything he put his hands on, including his heavyweight intern and her younger sister, known as Oral B. Credited with a booming right-wing economy and zero deficits inherited from the Thatcher/Reagan camp, their breaking retrograde unions’ back and cutting government excess, and him lucky enough not to have to go to war.

Bush Jr not so lucky, 9/11 on his watch, but history probably on his side after the dust settles in Afghanistan and Iraq, grave threats needing to be addressed and doing so with a straightforward, perhaps overly simplistic, hard-line approach, but getting an ugly job done in an ugly, ugly world.

With Irwin insisting, if you’re too smart you correctly think of all the things that might go wrong, and waver, and consult, and double check, and doubt, constantly worrying about your place, the polls, instead of saying That’s enough! If not, having so much less to worry about…

And it’s what preoccupies me about Obama; sometimes I think he’s too smart. On top of that the Right ever hardworking, basic, intolerant and the Left intelligent but lazier and thus more often intellectually dishonest. Not Obama himself perhaps, but all that balancing to be done, the deals, the compromises, the smiles, the handshakes, in the park, making all the rounds, forgetting down below there’s a ballgame going on.

Cheers Mr Steinberg, wherever you hold court, today, in Montreal.

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