To: Bilow who wrote ( 150978) 11/4/2004 12:31:04 AM From: Sun Tzu Respond to of 281497 Hi Carl, >> I agree, but if Kerry had been elected, a pretty much identical result would happen. Perhaps, but not as likely. I think Kerry would have spent less on war and would have run a more balanced budget which in turn would have helped the dollar, etc, etc. >> If the Democrats had managed to cough up a Jimmy Carter Please don't make me puke! It will be a cold day in hell that I will vote for anyone who'd remind me of that self-righteous, double-dealing, spineless, bastard. He only had the appearance of morality. I take Bush any day over Carter. >> This country has been running booms and busts, and trading places between business and labor interests for a couple hundred years. One more swing isn't going to destroy the old girl. I said nothing of America's destruction, though I suspect 10-20 years from now some people will look back at the 80s and 90s and feel America has been completely destroyed. This will be correct in a subjective comparative way but totally false from an objective perspective. We can do just about anything but change the demographics...you know what they say about death and taxes...and in fact the most deciding factors will be death and taxes. BTW, my point about the irreplaceable professionals was simply that this is a very different world than what we have seen over the past couple of centuries simply because worker mobility and market liquidity are greater than ever. As a results, those professionals who remain in high demand will have an easier time relocating to where they are treated best, which I suspect will not be the US...but I could be wrong. It depends on how big of a mess the rest of the world gets into. >> Democrats should have won the election... As I pointed out on a different thread today, the candidate who manages to get better than half of the votes in both Texas and New York is on the right track. The rest are just getting lucky based on the flavor of the day, and this includes Bush. ST PS My outlook, perhaps naively, excludes the possibility of a WMD going off in US over the next 10-20 years.