I found a good article on the Bleeding Heart Libertarians site today explaining that the problems the moderate left are complaining about were caused by themselves! (oh, and for the Reagan fanatics, there is a little bonus at the end of the article for you!)
Dear members of the moderate left,
America is suffering from rampant, run-away corporatism and crony capitalism. We are increasingly a plutocracy in which government serves the interests of elite financiers and CEOs at the expense of everyone else.
You know this and you complain loudly about it. But the problem is your fault. You caused this state of affairs. Stop it.
Unlike we libertarianish people, you people actually hold and have been holding significant political power in the US over the past 50 years. What have you done with this power? You’ve greased the corporatist machine every chance you’ve gotten. You’ve made things worse, not better. Our current problems are your fault. You need to stop.
We told you this would happen, but you wouldn’t listen. You complain, rightly, that regulatory agencies are controlled by the very corporations they are supposed to constrain. Well, yeah, we told you that would happen. When you create power—and you people love to create power—the unscrupulous seek to capture that power for their personal benefit. Time and time again, they succeed. We told you that would happen, and we gave you an accurate account of how it would happen.
The full article is at bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2011/11/dear-left-corporatism-is-your-fault/ and gives more details to this simple truth that the possible Jefferson quote speaks to: “A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have….”
Since I don’t see ideological left-wingers being honest enough to admit they are wrong or realistic enough to stop doing what has been proven to fail, and I don’t see libertarianish people rising to power in enough numbers to correct the problem, I’ll continue my current assessment of the situation: We are all fucked, and the Democrats and Republicans are debating if we should use a thimble or a teaspoon to bail out the water from this massive, sinking ship.