I just spent the better half of a day looking at Barack Obama's issues platform and I'm really lost on where exactly the "change" is. There must be a code in it that I don't understand but on the surface it just looks like the New Deal Part 2. Not exactly progressive. He talks about fiscal responsibility but the other portion of the plank uses the word "investment" too much.
Let me explain something about investment: Anyone who owns something or produces something can invest. They can take the profit from their risk and invest it to provide more wealth, security, or insurance against a rainy day. That is what investment is.
Government cannot invest. Government does not own anything. Government does not produce anything. To "invest" it must first take by force the property of productive people and then spend it by giving it to someone else. You may call it an investment but it's really just tax and spend. Not all tax and spend is wrong but when they couch it in terms of investment I begin to find myself trying to control a gag reflex. As the old saying goes...don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining.
So on the subject of Mr. Obama...I'm not exactly sure what the love affair with him is but if you all want him as president...I suppose we can give it a shot. He likely won't earn my vote.