Private sector can't do it?
It's not directly tied to investing, but I've taken interest in the Space Program hearings taking place in D.C. The debate is over the cutbacks at NASA, eliminating the program to return the U.S. to the moon by the end of the decade (G.W. Bush's homage to J.F.K.).
TIME has put together a nice summary of the hearings here.
So, here we have "the most liberal president ever" cancelling a bloated government project and stating the private sector can deliver space travel and moon travel more efficiently without tax dollars; while GOP mainstays decry the cutbacks and state that the private sector doesn't have the wherewithal to provide safe, efficient space travel.
What is up with our topsy-turvy world? Are dogs and cats now going to be living together?
Well, no. It's yet another example of how useless political labels and generalizations are in our society. It's also a good example of how stupid it is to reduce a political issue down to "against taxes" or "for taxes". Yet, that's what we do in the U.S.A when it comes to political debate. We throw around terms like "big government" and "private sector" and "cutting taxes" and "entitlements". We cling to parties instead of platforms. We assume that every GOP member will reduce spending and taxes at every opportunity and every "socialist" (read: Democrat) will call for a government takeover of every aspect of our lives, as well as our bank accounts.
My solution? Let's outlaw political party affiliation in elections! You don't get to state "Democrat" or "Republican" or "Libertarian" when running for office. You have to run on a platform. People will be forced to either pay attention and actually examine a candidate's ideas....or they have to admit that they vote based on looks...or some other equally meaningless, shallow measure.
Rant over. My apologies.