On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 10:40 PM, GS Chandy <email@example.com> wrote: > I personally believe Obama's win is 'potentially' a very good thing indeed for the US and for the world - for anyone who believes in the democratic rights of ALL people, everywhere (as against the undemocratic rights of the rich). Maybe - just MAYBE; no guarantees here!! - the US will now at last provide some much-needed world leadership in this direction. > > Admittedly, Obama has not by any means fulfilled the promise that he showed before his election - nor has he adequately fulfilled his promises made to the US and to the world before his election. >
On many levels, US citizens have an extremely warped / distorted set of expectations regarding the presidency. This is understandable in light of a long history projecting ruling powers (supposedly divinely infused) on royalty and courts, not that these don't actually have power as switch board decision making organs (they do).
> I notice that another thread has deplored and found worrisome Obama's admission to being mathematically illiterate - though he was defended there to the effect that it was only in jest that he had admitted this. In jest or seriously - that IS surely a worrisome matter for the kind of leadership that the US can provide the world in the difficult years to come. > > GSC
It's the immaturity of the US citizenry that I struggle with (which immaturity manifests in a scape goaty presidency).
The layer of fictional screenwriting is pretty thick and TV is an effective teaching medium -- many consequences.
TV teaches passivity (the life of a go-to-work couch potato) until / unless you learn to make TV yourself, in which case you watch with a more critical eye, awake to the fictional aspects (less a sucker) and interested in camera technique (more a "director's eye").
Ergo school should be a lot more about making, not just watching, television (I use the word indistinctly, to cover video, film).
I know that sounds expensive, but on the contrary it's not up to taxpayers to provide in many cases. I'm up for stacking all the military costs directly on taxpayers as their primary liability as citizens (the flip side of a Reaganesque position), and then seeing what's left over. Could be that US taxpayers give 0.0 in foreign aid once all military (including VA, pensions) are subtracted, and that much education is borrowed not-revenue too. Paul will maybe run the numbers for us.
Once military expenses, broadly interpreted, are subtracted from net IRS revenue, what's left for taxpayers to take credit for? Do USA citizens even pay for their own schools? Or is that China again?