Here’s an extract from a recent article from the AFR which seems to be parading its private sector ideological friendliness in the way that the Oz started doing many years ago now.
In his second inaugural address, a confident Barack Obama sought to put his own gloss on the Declaration of Independence.
It was “life, liberty and the pursuit of collective happiness” that the President pledged on a chilly Washington day to uphold in his second term in the White House.
Not in so many words, of course.
But that was the meaning of an inaugural address that barely glanced at the engines of American prosperity – economic growth, the private sector, shale energy – before plunging into the things that really animate Barack Obama and upset his Republican foes:
Training more maths and science teachers; building the roads, networks and laboratories of the future; extending equal pay to all women, equal rights to gays, equal opportunities to all Americans; finding a better way to welcome immigrants “who still see America as a land of opportunity”; ensuring all children are cared for and cherished; responding to climate change.”
So there you have it “The engines of American prosperity” are “economic growth” (ie the thing itself) and good solid things that require hard hats and private sectors.
“Training more maths and science teachers; building the roads, networks and laboratories of the future” is obviously pretty similar to gay rights and all those woosy things that might keep the chattering classes chattering, but don’t really get our economy going. I happen to personally know (via Michelle) that Barack put the stuff in there about roads and railways just to upset Republicans. Really, it’s tough in the United States when you have such petty mindedness amongst the 47% of the population who are proven homosexuals.
Why do they hate shale oil so much?