Sunday, May 03, 2009

Pre-Thatcher UK 

I've often said that Obama's goal is to turn the United States into the pre-Thatcher UK. Some of the younger people I talk to get a puzzled look when I say that, and I just found a nutshell description of the pre-Thatcher UK, courtesy of Mark Steyn. Here it is:
The post-1945 socialist settlement – government health care, government automobile industry, government everything – had broken down: Inflation over 25 percent, marginal taxes rates over 90 percent, mass unemployment, permanent strikes. The country's union leaders were household names, mainly because they were responsible for everything your household lacked. Even moving around was hard: The nationalized rail network was invariably on strike, and you had to put your name on a waiting list months in advance for one of the "new" car models. The evening news was an endless parade of big beefy burly blokes picketing some plant for the right to continue enjoying the soft pampering workweek of the more effete Ottoman sultans.
How do you think that's going to work out for you?

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