Thursday, November 20

Let's elect a king.

State governments are asking for federal money left and right. And as if that's not enough, now cities are asking for money too. Here's an idea, less government. If you can't afford so many services and wealth redistribution systems, then cut some of them. Most of these states were running deficits during the best of times, never bother to save money, or plan for the future, and they will all do the same again. There in lies the main benefit with a king. A king is in it for the long haul. Maybe when he's very old, he may lose sight of long term goals, but certainly when he is young he would be better able to prioritize and not mortgage the future for the president. Elected officials have no insentive. They want to give the people everything possible right now so they can get re-elected. It's the same thing now. If their state/city runs up a huge deficit, that looks bad for the politicians in charge, but if DC bails them out, and then there's a huge federal deficit, well that's not their fault. The entire system has become way too bloated with government spending at every level. It's a good thing we don't have a president and congress coming in that have vowed to vastly increasing government programs. At least on the plus side they will cut taxes on 95% of americans. There's a good plan, that worked out really well for bush, cutting taxes while increasing the size of the federal government. A king wouldn't have that temptation because he would realize that he would have to pay the piper some day, whereas politicians figure they won't be around when the piper has to be paid anyway.


Blogger Aras said...

There are not many monarchies left and none of them are super powers, with the possible exception of Vatican City (which I'll be visiting in two weeks, thank you very much). I got this bit from Wikipedia:

Since 1800, most of the world's monarchies have been abolished, and most of the nations that retain monarchs are constitutional monarchies. Among the few states that retain aspects of absolute monarchy are Brunei, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Swaziland and the Vatican City. The monarch also retains considerable power in Jordan and Morocco. The most recent nation to abolish its monarchy was Nepal, which became a republic in 2008.

So I don't think your idea will fly, Loky. Maybe a good idea would be to elect somebody from a business background who is used to running a long term budget, like Mitt Romney.

2:52 AM  
Blogger Trashcan said...

Unfortunately history has shown monarchies to be inherently unstable. specifically in the transfer of power. While there have been dictators/kings who have done great things for their countries, generally things fall apart when such a person dies and cannot be properly replaced. That is really the best thing democracy has going for it, it has an orderly and accept system for transferance of power.

11:48 PM  
Blogger Aras said...

When a new president comes in, do you think he changes the toilet seat? Or does he just sit on the former president's? I think I would change it.

7:49 AM  

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