As everyone knows by now, Gates of Vienna has a dearth of political posts. And so it will stay until after the conventions.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t read what others are saying. No, not what the politicians are saying; I mean what issues the thinking public discusses.
For an excellent example of the genre, see this Winds of Change post. It starts with Geraldine Ferraro and then goes on to an in-depth discussion of the details in this campaign, including a cogent discussion of race and gender politics – a discussion which, were it to be broached at Gates of Vienna would have us charged as racist and sexist. Yet there is nothing said there that isn’t realistic and thoughtful.
As voters, we can’t change anything on a massive scale. But the devil is in the details. The Winds of Change post – and especially the long thread of comments – gives us those particulars, plus new ways to think about them.
There is an excellent comparison about the candidates’ plans for individual taxation,done by commenter Robohobo.
Both Americans and Europeans will be interested in what voters have to say, because – among many other issues – these commenters are comparing the health plans in Europe with what might come about here in the U.S.
I will continue to say that we can be effective only at the margins, but sometimes that is enough.
By the way, one of them gives Denmark top billing in its provision of health care for Danish citizens. It figures.
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