As we all watch Europe teeter on the edge of solvency one is left to wonder if this does spell the end of democracy. Ok the title has to be catchy so maybe it's just the end of democracy as we know it.
This editorial from Kelly McParland of the National Post demonstrates how elections are won in a democratic state.
This is not an Ontario phenomenon, this happens the world over. This is how the USA winds up with a 1.5 trillion dollar annual deficit.
Politicians borrow money to buy our votes.
We, the huddled and stupid masses, fall for this every election. Actually I'm not sure fall for it is the right wording, we demand it in every municipal, state, provincial, county, and federal election the world over.
For decades and decades.
We are so stuck in our government must provide everything for us even if they have no money that we, being Greece, are willing to riot and die in the streets to try and make sure it doesn't change.
Did I mention humans are stupid?
To stupid to govern themselves?
The evidence would suggest such.
What do we do?
We have a seat belt law in Alberta, if you get caught driving without wearing your seat belt you are fined. If humans were not stupid we would not need such a law.
We have to enact financial stupidity laws in all levels of government. Or should that be anti stupidity laws?
We have to make it against the law for our government to spend more money then they take in.
Maybe a caveat for war and national disasters, but that's it.
I'm not sure what it will take for us to wake up. The Ontario election just ended a few weeks ago. All they talked about was spending money they don't have while Greece was literally burning in the background.
America, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, France, and now Germany, all in a financial mess. Those are just the ones currently in the news, are there any countries that are not "broke"?
The Americans just ended their "super committee" on how to fix it by not fixing it.
I can only assume from the evidence in front of us all that there is nothing that will make us act.
We just won't do it.
So then, what happens?
I guess we're going to find out.
Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving. LOL