6 thoughts on “Lysistrata in Kenya

  1. Good for the Kenyan women who appear to be more intelligent, creative and resourceful than the Kenyan politicians, almost all of whom sem to be men. Perhaps Americans can adapt this looking to new ways to fins a more reasonable government approach to being forever more intrusive into our lives, and now forcing even our unborn to pay for the debt the government inflicts upon us and them. Of course women denying sex would do little to make Barny Franks more chase, at least in terms of spending. However, perhaps the example of Texas and the recent secession question might offer a modern economic analog. Denying Washingtonian politicians their orgiastic need to put their hands in our collective tax pockets might be a reasonable approximation of Euripides’ innovative approach to ending strife and confusion. Perhaps we need more states threatening not to play the game any more. Of course this may not do much for states such as California, where more businesses are leaving the state than are entering or being created, and 1% of the population pays 48% of the state taxes. In the case of California of course, term limits will end the Terminator’s reign, another creative solution that might apply to Washington as well.

  2. I love my country. I cherish my Constitutional rights. I cannot understand how a governor can play around with the idea of secession and claim to be more patriotic than people like me.

  3. Donald,
    Isn’t it strange that Governor Perry and his secession posse has been completely silent since the H1N1 virus hit Texas? I don’t imagine that the federal funding being provided to insure the health of citizens from RI to Texas during this crisis is considered “orgiastic”. I find it odd that some Republicans are lining up behind these Texas secessionists when many of them summarily dismissed Vermont’s secessionists as “liberal whackjobs”. I truly hope that Perry secures his party’s nomination for the 2010 Governors race and pushes the secession issue to the forefront–with the drug wars in Mexico, H1N1, and several hundred miles of border to patrol he needs to be careful what he wishes for–
    his nomination should all but guarantee a victory for the Democratic nominee in 2010. At some point the good folks of Texas are going to elect a competent Governor… their last two choices
    Perry and George W. Bush leave more than a little to be desired.

  4. Unfortunately, missing the point confuses the issue(s). Firstly, the threat, as the Kenyan women discovered, accomplishes more than the reality. Much the same was the case when Euripides worte the play as well as his other surviving work, more the idea of the threat to raise the issue, than the reality of the threat. Give the old Greeks some credit, and give the Texans some credit as well.

    The Texas issue is complicated by history, since Texas entered the Union under different circumstances, as an independent nation for nine years and asked to be annexed in 1845. The current Texas constitution dates to 1876, and has some challenging language that can be variously interpreted. As I recall, Salmon Chase did not re-admit Texas to the Union after the Civil War, saying instead that Texas never left the Union. The secession movements of 1804 or so in New England, were different again, and as I recall (I was very young at the time). I do recall Thomas Jefferson said, “let them go.” Much changed with regards to the notion of secession with Lincoln and the War, of course.

    Texas, by the way is not asking for much Federal aid for anything. Texas has an expanding not diminishing economic environment, largely the result of some rather sound economic theory, instituted in 1960 or so by Dr. Walter Heller, Chairman of President John F. Kennedy’s Council Of Economic Advisors. Heller’s approach was tax less and the economy will grow, a novel notion compared to the current situation in places other than Texas. In California, for example, 1% of the working population pays 48% of the taxes!

    To deny the serious discussion of the issue is of course to deny history and its interpretation. We also should pay more attention to what works econimically, not the failures. Weimar discovered printing money does not work well in the end. Later, President Carter, the poster child for failed presidential administrations of the modern era, discovered that making folks suffer to make them pure led to 21% interest rates, explosive unemplyment, and miserable foreign failures. By any terms, the Governor of Texas has managed to do well rejecting the ne peanuts from Washington, does not have a $46 billion deficit that confronts the Governator of California, and corporations are flocking to Texas and creating jobs.

  5. Donald,
    Missing the point does muddy the waters and I initially feared that you had missed mine. But alas it seems that you unintentionally stumbled on to it when you quoted Jefferson… “let them go”. When one believes that “the threat…accomplishes more than the reality”, one needs to be equipped and prepared to deal with that reality if and when their threats are acted upon. Is the fledgling “Nation of Texas” ready to go it alone? I doubt it. Bluster, treason, a tempest in a teapot, call this secessionist movement what you will, it will never come to fruition because even Cowboy Rick Perry is afraid/too bright to pull the trigger.
    I have read all of the above posts on this article and no one has attempted to “deny the serious discussion of the issue”, yet you apparently disagree. I agree with your statement that we need to pay attention to economic policies that have worked/failed. The past eight years under the Bush administration looked not unlike the Hoover years—the highest percentage of our nation’s wealth controlled by a single one percent of the population–it didn’t work in 1929 or 2008. It is nearly impossible to defend the Carter administration, but if one scans the misery index there are several sets of numbers that
    show the Carter years to be very similar to the Reagan years. In two of Carter’s four years in office unemployment was under 7%, with a low of 5.85% in 1979 and a high of 7.18% in 1980. In comparision the unemployment rate under Ronald Reagan exceeded 7% in six of his eight years in office, twice exceeding 9% in 1982 and 1983. Apparently history and it’s interpretation have been kind to the legacy of Ronald Reagan, even if he “put up Jimmy Carter type numbers”.
    And on the subject of giving old Greeks some credit, maybe Aristophanes and not Euripides should be the one we’re tipping our hats to.

  6. Treason by Texas? Alas, the Texas annexation was different from the rest of manifest destiny; texas was an independent nation for 9 years, and the 1876 Constitution is very much the point. Carter was 21% interest and Billy Beer and the military in a shambles–that is Yogi Berra and deja vu all over again in the $3.6 tillion (that’s 3,600 billion) deficit of Mr. Obama. Concentration of wealth is more mystique than reality when 60% of Americans are invested in the market. 1% of those working in California pay 48% of the taxes and the top 10% of Americans pay 70% of the taxes in the nation (or thereabouts). Failure to discuss the issues raised by Governor Perry in what is now the most forward thinking state with the highest rate of job creation and zero state taxes is worth a look. Similarly, JFK and Walter Heller were correct: reduce tax burdens and the economy prospers and revenues actually increase for the government. “Clouds” was a good play, but did not have the bite or humor of Euripides.

    Tis a shame we have so little left of what they wrote and the same is tru for the mundane but brilliant Cornelius Gaius Tacitus–he followed the spending habits of the rulers and pointed out how they drained the treasury, failed the army, and lost Rome’s integrity.

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