terça-feira, junho 5

Beyond 2008

Sobre a herança e os desafios da próxima presidência norte-americana, a ler este artigo de Newt Gingrich:

First, the gap between the values of the elite on the left and the values of the vast majority of Americans is growing wider. Ninety-one percent of all Americans favor the right to say "One Nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. Eighty-nine percent believe American workers should have the right to a secret ballot election before being forced to join a union. Ninety-three percent believe Americans should know the price and quality of healthcare before making a decision about it. Eighty-five percent believe English should be the official language of government. The list goes on and on. Certainly, any 21st Century governing majority will be center-right in its values and policies.

Second, the gap between the world that works (largely but not entirely private sector) and the world that fails (largely but not entirely government bureaucracy) is growing wider and wider. In the 21st Century private sector, we routinely expect MORE choices of LOWER cost with HIGHER quality and GREATER convenience. But in government we continue to be told about higher taxes, slower implementation, greater error rates and "hard choices." A 21st Century governing majority will be allied with the American people in insisting on the delivery standard of the world that works being applied to the government systems that currently fail.

Third, as the world visibly grows more dangerous, the natural desire of the American people to be protected will reassert itself. The implementation failures in Iraq combined with the Bush Administration's inarticulateness have led to a temporary resurgence of the "Peace at Any Price" Left. But this will rapidly disintegrate as the problems of the modern world persist. Cyber attacks on Estonia, Chinese activities in space, Russian assertiveness against Lithuania and Poland, Iranian seizure of American hostages, the six terrorists in New Jersey and the four terrorists who were planning to blow up the jet fuel at JFK airport in New York are early indicators that any future governing majority will have a very strong national and homeland security component.

5 comentários:

HO disse...

"I will explore all these ideas in my speech at AEI on Friday, June 8. I hope you'll join me. And then, all these concepts will be expanded into practical, workable solutions in the American Solutions "Solutions Day" workshops on September 27 and 29. It's going to be the start of a great and meaningful adventure. I hope you'll choose to be a part of it."

Muito bom. É pena que ele misture insights tão poderosos com algumas ideias desmedidamente parvas e populistas.

Bruno Gonçalves disse...

"É pena que ele misture insights tão poderosos com algumas ideias desmedidamente parvas e populistas."

Pois...

HO disse...

Estás a ver ou ouvir o debate de Manchester?

Bruno Gonçalves disse...

Tentei ver, mas não estou a conseguir aceder à CNN pela net. Dá para ouvir apenas?

Caso não consiga, vejo amanhã na íntegra no YouTube...

HO disse...

Dá para ouvir: http://www.cnn.com/audio/radio/cnntv.html