So here are my final takeaways from last week's election report in the Economist, as well as one from this week's report on the World Economy.
- I think the President should have an opportunity to implement his health law. It's far to early to say that it won't improve things, and improving things is important in this area (see last point)
- Energy independence is a non-issue, since prices are set by world markets. But I do like the idea of cheaper, cleaner and locally produced natural gas powering more stuff and competing with oil.
- I favor less military spending, not more, and I don't think the President should be credited with killing Bin Laden. I think any president would have given the same order.
- I want to end all tax deductions and put a price on carbon. Who's with me? Anyone? Anyone?
- I also favor the legalization of drugs, and believe that the only manufacturing jobs coming back to the United States are for the one guy needed to feed the dog who keeps people away from the machines. Not seeing a lot from either candidate on these two issues.
- Finally, over half of all entitlement spending flows to the elderly, and 40% of that is spent on health care. And people are living longer, getting more medical procedures, taking more drugs and voting reliably. This has got to change, and probably won't, at least until catastrophe strikes.