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  • Ignore The Canary

    Posted by James R. Rummel on September 13th, 2010 (All posts by )

    I was talking to someone who grew up around Appalachian coal mines a few days ago.

    “My daddy would always make sure he was the guy who carried the cage with the little bird in it when he went down into the mines. That way he would always be the first to know if there was a problem. He would watch the bird, and would run for the top when it would drop. Everyone else would just watch him, and start running when he would pass them by.”

    It isn’t news that the Obama administration has increased employment in the public sector by an amazing degree, even when individual governments in Europe, and the European Union itself, have slashed budgets.

    When even the cultures which most enthusiastically embraced government intrusion in their economies start to admit that it was a bad idea, it is pretty much the point when the bird stops chirping and keels over. The Democrats in charge of our country should have paid attention some time ago.

    The latest news is that Cuba has announced plans to lay off one million government workers.

    “Those laid off will be encouraged to become self-employed or join new private enterprises, on which some of the current restrictions will be eased.”

    So the Communists are making noises that they are going to give up on a centrally controlled economy? They are gingerly adopting American business practices because it is the only way to survive? And, even though they are discarding the old ways as being self-destructive, the Liberals are enthusiastically embracing those same policies?

    For goodness’ sake, when Cuba passes you in the mine, it is past time to turn around and make a run for the fresh air!


    3 Responses to “Ignore The Canary”

    1. tehag Says:

      Experience is a hard teacher, and those who cherish their illusions will give them up no other way.

    2. quasimodo Says:

      I hope Obama is only trying to meet the middle (they decrease while we increase)

    3. ThomasD Says:

      The longer this goes on the closer I come to accepting the notion that Obama doesn’t want to keep the bird (this bird being our economic system) alive. Perhaps he really does believe in the notion of killing it in order to build it anew.

      Either that or he is truly is a post turtle.