A Political Black Swan May Save USA

Posted on February 2nd, 2010 by admin in Political Economy

Yes, Scott Brown’s election, “the Scott heard around the world”,  is a political Black Swan. It meets all three conditons to be a Black Swan Event:

  • Extrmely low probability
  • Extremely high impact
  • Unimaginable a priori

Given this BSE, we have had a massive “pivot” from the health care fiasco in the making to focus on USA economy and jobs. The reason for this change is simply the one new Republican vote that can stop disastrous congressional economic policies.

OK, so how can this BSE save us? Bear with us for a bit.

We recently came upon this quote and find it quite descriptive:

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy…”

by Alexander Fraser Tytler, Scottish lawyer and writer, 1770.

Now, consider this fact:

~50% of USA workers pay $0 taxes, while the rest of the workers (the “rich”) pay all the taxes.

We think it fair to conclude:

Half the population has incentive to free-ride on the others and will cheerfully vote for increasing burdens on those “rich”.

Our country is in peril from financial catastrophes and very poor political decisions. Most pertinently, the Scott Brown BSE may enable the inevitable lunge by Democrats for more taxation and thus massive class warfare to be avoided.

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