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European Elections Harbinger of US Elections

Europe’s election results are in. Here are some of the headlines from Drudge followed by my comments:

What this really means will become more apparent as time unfolds. Two preliminary thoughts regarding the underlying motives are the following:

  1. This is a revolt against incumbents, much like the 2010 election in the US.
  2. This is a move further toward socialism by an already highly socialized part of the world.

Both hypotheses are reasonable. They may also not be mutually exclusive.

Europe differs from the US in many ways economically. For decades their economies

Red vs. Blue: Bloods vs. Crips

National politicians have been served notice that the American people have finally awakened. Dissatisfaction with government is palpable. It showed in the election, in polls and in voting patterns. Ron Fourier summarized recent polling:

  • More than 70 percent of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track.
  • Almost as many believe the nation faces a “leadership crisis.”
  • Three quarters of voters disapprove of Congress, a near record low.
  • Nearly 6 out of every 10 voters are more willing to take a chance this year on a candidate with little political experience.
  • More than a quarter of voters are willing to back a candidate whose views “seem extreme.”
  • Surveys consistently show Americans hold the Republican Party in lower esteem than the Democratic Party, even as the GOP stormed to victories.

Many demand less government (even though they don’t want their own programs cut), while the Federal Government continues to behave as if there are no limits to its growth and power. Ditto the Federal Reserve, presumably not answerable to voters or anyone else, when Ben Bernanke announced that he would engage in another $600 billion in Quantitative Easing.

Those who support freedom and smaller government were encouraged by the outcome in the House of Representatives. They should not be! Ushering Republicans

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