Is America exceptional?

I don’t always agree with Michael Kinsley’s thoughts but this recent opinion piece at Politico has some interesting things to say.

Democracy requires me to respect the results of the elections. It doesn’t require me to agree with them or to admire the process by which voters made up their minds. In my view, anyone who voted for Barack Obama for president in 2008 and now is supporting some tea party madwoman for senator has a bit of explaining to do. But the general view is that the voters, who may be fools individually, are infallibly wise as a collective — that their “anger,” their urgent desire, yet again, for “change,” is self-validating.
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Some people are voting Tuesday for calorie-free chocolate cake, and some are voting for fat-free ice cream. Neither option is actually available. Neither party’s candidates seriously addressed the national debt, except with proposals to make it even worse.

Read more: Politico.com

There are economists who have recommended solutions to the present economic crisis – Roubini, Stieglitz, Krugman, et al – but the rights mantra of “We can’t spend our way out of debt!” is dominating the political discourse in our nation.

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