Bruce – I’m okay with ending the wars – I was against them (both of them) from the beginning – but are we prepared for the fallout? (I hope not nuclear.) Iraq is looking not so peaceful these days – perhaps we should leave them to work it out, but that breaks the pottery barn rule. And trouble i Iraq could mean an opportunity for Iran. As for Afghanistan, turmoil there has potentially big repercussions in Pakistan. Both of these are big messes, and there was no need for either of them.
I get pretty fed up, too.
As for the jobs – how would you bring them back? The business cycle has been around for a long time – the Great Depression of the 30s was only one among many. Then we had a pretty good period of prosperity after WWII – some economists think that the New Deal policies contributed to that prosperity. Now do we do nothing? Do we just assume that the cycle will just work its way out? Let the poor people suffer while the rich cut back to one yacht? I need an alternative.