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A speech the like of which we are unlikely to hear in ACT politics

By johnboy - 22 January 2013 44

If you haven’t had a listen to Barack Obama’s second inaugural address it’s well worth a listen.

While meant for an American audience it struck me that he’s getting close to a viable political philosophy for the 21st century in stark contrast to the ever more tired nostrums of Australia’s political parties.

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A speech the like of which we are unlikely to hear in ACT politics
johnboy 4:43 pm 22 Jan 13

2604 said :

Blaming everything (GFC, poverty, high unemployment, the federal deficit) on “millionaires and billionaires” who aren’t “paying their fair share” isn’t particularly brave or remarkable. It is just cheap demagoguery. Same goes for spending like a drunken sailor to curry favour with voters and labelling anyone who disagrees a libertarian.

The real issue for the US is its unsustainable federal government debt, which requires a combination of higher taxes and drastic spending cuts to address. The GOP won’t allow the former, the Dems will never allow the latter.

20 years of found guilty oil thieves (In fact that Bloomberg article is probably the best place for those who didn’t get what Obama was talking about to start) like the Koch brothers funnelling huge sums of hard money into promoting policies which further enrich them can’t have helped either.

Just because they’ve backed what you feel is your football team doesn’t make them a good side to wave the flag for.

2604 4:36 pm 22 Jan 13

johnboy said :

No but he’s at least facing up to the self-serving billionaire funded libertarianism which is the real political battle of our time. (for all that almost no political pundits seem to realise it)

Blaming everything (GFC, poverty, high unemployment, the federal deficit) on “millionaires and billionaires” who aren’t “paying their fair share” isn’t particularly brave or remarkable. It is just cheap demagoguery. Same goes for spending like a drunken sailor to curry favour with voters and labelling anyone who disagrees a libertarian.

The real issue for the US is its unsustainable federal government debt, which requires a combination of higher taxes and drastic spending cuts to address. The GOP won’t allow the former, the Dems will never allow the latter.

johnboy 4:32 pm 22 Jan 13

It’s really beyond the scope of this article.

But as good a starting point as any is the nexus of journalism, academia, and money outlined by the Shame Project:

http://shameproject.com/

Bosworth 4:24 pm 22 Jan 13

Johnboy said: “self-serving billionaire funded libertarianism which is the real political battle of our time”

Johnboy, can you please explain this in more detail?

neanderthalsis 4:21 pm 22 Jan 13

I find Barry O’Bama to be very beige. There is conviction, but no passion. You listen to him and think he is a decent chap with a few good ideas, but not inspirational or charismatic. Just a solid, steady pair of hands. Not the type to inspire real and effective social change IMHO. Still, compared to Judas Gillard and Mr Rabbit, he is a shining light of erudition, decency and commonsense.

schmeah 4:00 pm 22 Jan 13

GOP response: “There was not, as I’ve seen in other inaugural speeches, ‘I want to work with my colleagues.’ ”

Funny claim, given Obama tried to accommodate their irrationality in the first 4 years. I guess now, 4 years one and looking about 20 years older, he can’t be bothered anymore. Wise move really.

Spectra 3:20 pm 22 Jan 13

It’s a double edged sword – great if you agree with the “brave” stuff that it permits, awful if it’s a political opponent with lots of power and nothing to lose.
I’m not sure, on balance, if it’s a good or bad thing, but it’s definitely a thing…

Masquara 3:20 pm 22 Jan 13

johnboy said :

An argument for term limits here? two four year terms in the assembly and then out?

Then you’d have a procession of Lucy Horodnys …

Masquara 3:19 pm 22 Jan 13

Whenever I hear Obama “orating” it reminds me of the trope that our analytical skills are over-ridden by beauty. Obama is HOT. And his oratory is actually NOT. He’s better than average but he is no MLK, no Churchill. His speechifying is pretty passionless.

johnboy 3:15 pm 22 Jan 13

An argument for term limits here? two four year terms in the assembly and then out?

Spectra 3:14 pm 22 Jan 13

Not that I heard anything I disagree with, but it’s much easier to have principles and strong opinions and to stand up to powerful people you disagree with when you don’t have to worry about getting re-elected in four years time.

poetix 2:49 pm 22 Jan 13

I did love the image of one of his daughters yawning though! Such a great voice; never grates on the ears. Some of the ideas weren’t bad either…

Hope they can cut back on a bit of military spending, here and there.

johnboy 2:47 pm 22 Jan 13

Ben_Dover said :

Fine words butter no parsnips.

No but he’s at least facing up to the self-serving billionaire funded libertarianism which is the real political battle of our time. (for all that almost no political pundits seem to realise it)

Ben_Dover 2:45 pm 22 Jan 13

Fine words butter no parsnips.

ezy10z 2:16 pm 22 Jan 13

most well spoken man i have ever heard

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