It’s certainly not morning in America.
Yet it doesn’t have to be twilight either. America can pull through the current economic crisis with a dose of political maturity and a bit of luck. Success will mean the end of the Reagan era, of an ideology that has brought the country to its knees.
Ronald Reagan told us that government was the problem, and that low taxes and deregulation were the solutions. The result, even more than Americans recognize, is a government so shrunken in skill and mandate that our gravest problems – financial collapse, natural hazards like Hurricane Katrina, broken health care and education, unsustainable energy systems, and growing global instability – are left without a serious response.
Either we once again invest in our future, notably through an expanded public sector, or we will lose our future.
I presume that John McCain and Sarah Palin will lose the election. Never has a national ticket been less equipped intellectually, temperamentally, and practically to confront America’s problems than this one. I also presume that Palin’s winks to America will prove to be the equivalent of the Cheshire Cat’s grin: the last expressions of an ideology disappearing from the scene.
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