Lennonism

We agree there’s a problem, and it has to do with “Power to the people.”

We need to clarify these two questions, JP, on which we may or may not agree:

1. What does this empowerment look like?

2. How do we get there?

Is it a bunch of regulations, or a new department of the government? That is what FDR did, and while it may have been nice now, today it is wrongheaded and would not fly. We agree it is not some mass repeal of the government, unleashing more of the same powers that got us into this mess.

On bail-outs: who do you bail-out when corporations screw up? Auto makers? Medium size banks? Any “one”? TARP was W’s thing, and it did largely work, with a successful conclusion by Obama. You probably favor what happened with Detroit, too.

On entitlements: they need reforming, and it should be market-oriented and means-testing, but not extreme either way.

On immigration: we need everyone to follow the law, and the law needs to be follow-able.

On defense: It needs to be sensible and right-sized.

Now, the crux of what we are talking about: corporate power. We must not apply FDR style policy here. New thinking has to happen. Voters need to oust the anti- any tax people and they need to put in reform-minded ones. There has to be, there has to be market-oriented solutions that shrink both government and corporate power. Increasing either is just providing food for the sharks in the other’s proximity.

Say you want a revolution
We better get on right away
Well you get on your feet
And out on the street

Singing power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

A million workers working for nothing
You better give ’em what they really own
We got to put you down
When we come into town

Singing power to the people

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About Jim

I've been leading outdoor environmental education in the YMCA since the 1970s. I love teaching nature, history, current events, being a dad, fixing stuff, groups, and general thinking.
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