"We are now easy prey to simple slogans and political charlatans."


I'd link to this L.A. Times letter, but true to form, they failed to update their Letters to the Editor page, a failing which dovetails nicely with their hours-late home deliveries of the past three weeks and the blank pages of an entire section of the paper the other day.

If all that doesn't increase their diminishing circulation, nothing will. *dripping sarcasm*

Here's the letter:

What we aren't paying for

Re: Pay it forward, Californians," Editorial, Nov. 19

I was born in 1940, and I am ashamed of my generation.

My father's generation invested in the future, building the world's finest infrastructure-- highways, bridges, airports, dams and sewage systems. We've been too cheap even to maintain them.

My father's generation understood that education is fundamental to a successful democracy. We've cut so severely that we are now easy prey to simple slogans and political charlatans.

My father's generation realized that a sound economy requires sensible regulation to keep a balance. We opened the vaults and invited the thieves to help themselves. Now we try to recover the lost funds-- not from the thieves but from our poorest neighbors.

My father's generation had honor and integrity. We have selfishness and greed.

David Grimes

Huntington Beach

  • It's "entropy" something all systems have.  As you read forward from '29 you can almost see it at work.  Slowly at first,  then proceeding ever more rapidly at an almost geometrically accelerating pace.  The only thing that will save us is catastrophe,  but thankfully what passes for catastrophe today,  is not what was a catastrophe a dozen or so decades ago.  Hitting bottom is what stops the foolishness and makes everyone get serious again.
    People in fear of going over the edge,  need more than just superficial slogans,  they want to know how the offer is going to work,  since they are prepared to run for the hills already. 

    Republican anti tax slogans seem to be saying that the poor and the working class can make up the money and value lost by deregulation and tax cuts.  Of course,  they substitute other words for "de-regulation" and "tax cuts" today,  seeing as how they haven't worked,  but the ideas behind whatever words they choose mean exactly the same thing.  People have little to no reason to believe any such plans will work.  And that is incrementally forcing those in power,  to try to walk back their rhetoric and actually attempt to get something done.  After all,  they too,  as well as the wealthy,  are all reliant on the system that includes the social and economic activities of the poor and the middle class. 

    To produce the complex products of today's market,  you must be able to count on mass sales,  because mass production is costly.  Thus,  if your only customers are a handful of wealthy people,  scattered all over the globe,  well,  it's easy to see how quickly the economic system of product distribution will fail.  Taking with it the society the wealthy once enjoyed.  So,  the fact that we're not going to hit "rock bottom" before people begin demanding more sense in politics,  means that we as a race of humans,  are actually getting smarter after all.
    But,  before anyone is overtaken with joy,  remember,  we need to have sensible controls put in place,  before the economy starts back,  or the recovery will as short as it will be swift.  Because the same scams that brought us down are still available to be put back to work again.