Monday, May 26, 2014

Politics: Don't hate the player, hate the game.

More often than not, I criticize politicians; regardless of which end of the political spectrum that they are on, though admittedly for different reasons. I usually criticize those on the Right for never meaning what they say and I criticize those on the Left for always meaning what they say. Then there’s a whole list of hypocrisies, outright lies, and sheer stupidity that they all engage in.

In this upcoming elections, for a myriad of reasons, it is likely that the conservatives will lose their majority in the National Assembly. The government is being criticized, fairly or unfairly, for the Sewol Disaster, and the people are still furious about the way that the government has dealt with some the unions in the country. Not to mention TWO spy scandals.

It is likely that the conservatives will lose their majority. And it wouldn’t be the fault of the progressives. If the progressives ever run unopposed, they would never win. The conservatives deserve to lose though I am not sure if that means that the country deserves the progressives.

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It is true that the conservatives have done an absolute piss poor job of running the country. In fact, it is going to be very difficult to do a worse job running the country than the conservatives have. However, if anybody can do it, I have the most unshakable faith that the progressives are more than capable of doing so.

The progressives are convinced, or at least your average progressive voter is, that through sheer will alone, the government can heal the sick, raise the dead, make the old feel young, and, most absurdly, make the young go out and vote. The only other thing in the world that can set people up for more disappointment than that is most likely the anticipation one builds up about losing one’s virginity.

And so the game goes on. The conservatives go out, and the progressives come in. Then the progressives go out, and the conservatives come in. And the wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round. It just goes to show you that political victories are merely rented. In the meantime, the rental car, aka the country, gets more and more beaten up. After all, as far as they are concerned, it’s just a rental.

It's ok. It's only a rental.
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However, when we really think about it, we have to realize that the real problem is not the politicians. The real problem is politics itself. After all, regardless of one’s preferred brand of poison, the main ingredient of politics is the same – the belief that all of society’s ills can be cured by politics, which is, in essence, price fixing.

Are people complaining that wages are too low? Mandate higher wages.

Are people not satisfied with their welfare benefits? Raise them, but keep taxes low.

Are college kids complaining that tuition is too high? Tell them that tuition will be slashed by half. Never mind if that can actually be done.

Are banks complaining about financial liquidity? Keep the interest rates low! That is, after all, the ultimate price fixing mechanism.

Does price fixing solve anything? If it did, North Korea would indeed be the paradise that it claims to be. But that’s the lie that politicians have always been selling. Then again, the voters don’t want to hear the truth. Can you imagine what would happen if politicians ever told the truth?
“No, I can’t fix the looming pension disaster. The problem isn’t funding or unions. The problem is you! You all want so damned much but you are not willing to pay for it. You could have more kids but you’re not doing that either. Nor is your racist views helping in any way to bringing about a sensible immigration policy that could help to expand the labor force.”

Blood would flow like the Han River!

In many ways, a democratic republic is a mirror that reflects the amalgamated mass that is us, the people. But politics is the oddly shaped mirrors that we use to make ourselves think we look like Hugh Jackman.

Hey, the guy is gorgeous.  So why not post a picture of him?
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