• OneNation.org organizes the 2oct10 Washington rally
• Disgruntled Spanish workers protest austerity measures
• The face of full employment?
• CATO grades our governors
• Pledges to ‘Repeal and Replace Obamacare’
• Where is the Prop23 funding?
• NYT’s Thomas Friedman leaves something out
OneNation.org is planning to one up Glenn Beck’s 8/28 Washington rally. OneNation is a coalition of socialist, Marxist, and communist organizations, the same ones that are firmly lodged in Obama’s far left support group (check out their advertized membership here). They are run by and have supplied this President with most of his policy and administrative managers. This Saturday they intend to fill the Mall with thousands of like-minded and the I-want-more people to counteract what they correctly perceive as a threat from the county's center and right.
Spain’s socialists promoted the wave of green kool-aid that splashed over Europe a couple of years ago, and the country paid dearly. It lost 2.5 wealth producing jobs for every subsidized green job that was jimmied into place. The economic impact was disastrous and Spain is now on its fiscal butt attempting to cobble together some austerity measures to keep it afloat. Now similar demonstrations and riots are spreading out across the EU. The unions have called for general strikes with promises that can only boggle the mind. Preamble for California’s AB32 future? [update] Gotta love those public sector employee unions, they're now doing their stuff on this side of the pond. This just in from wsj.com - "Protests Thursday against an overhaul of public-sector worker benefits turned into what Ecuador's President Rafael Correa called an attempt at a coup d'état, and his government declared a state of emergency."
In the meantime President Obama is doing gigs in friendly backyards telling people he feels their pain because middle class incomes have remained pretty much flat for most of the last decade and now they’re unemployed (W’s fault? Natch!). What the chief organizer doesn’t know or won’t tell is that with advancing technology and a dumbing population, this is a natural economic effect in these pre-Singularity times – an effect, as I have written, that will only get bigger in the coming years. The former USSR achieved ‘full employment’ with misery to match by working out ‘solutions’ like shown in the nearby photo. Red China and India must still apply this solution. It does not take rocket science to figure out that our approach will be the same, and has already started with government buildings full of do-nothing, not-needed workers. Who has noticed loss of services from California’s furloughed state workers? And wait until the Democrats get their trade war started with China, then we’ll see what it felt like during WW2 to ‘use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without’.