Comments: Ten Big Things

terrific list. I prefer the War Against Militant Islam formulation. Much better than the war on terror.

I'm not so fond of the "gridlock is good" argument. I understand the premise that slowing things down is good, but stopping them altogether is another story. We saw that in New Orleans, no matter who you blame. In New York, during Rudy Giuliani's reign, people liked him because he broke through New York's notorious bureaucratic morass and got things done. He really shined during 9/11.

I'm also on record as believing we need to increase taxes. This idea of cutting spending usually means "cut someone else's programs but not the ones I like or that benefit me." Across the board cuts, which try to address that concern, are problematic because there are those programs where there is no fat and no room to cut. We can't spend like a drunken sailor, on war or recovery from natural disaster or new medicare programs, without paying. It's a problem that we seem to believe we can get something for nothing.

Taxes are our shared sacrifice in times of need, and our investment in our society in other times. Civic pride has been reducced to tokenism. I'd like to see it come back.

We're in agreement on 3 and 5 and most of 6, 7 and 8 (I bet you can guess which parts). Great post!

Posted by joe at October 6, 2005 01:43 PM
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