640. Developments in Egypt – lessons

It looks like a campaign of appearing to yield, wait till peope are hungry, make the army look friendly, and then slowly close the trap with nobody in it, is working. The popular movemnet gets cut down, and resurgence can be dealt with in the old way repressive way. I hope this is not the outcome but as an old GO player, looks most likely.

The costs to the rest of us? After Seattle, Davos, Iran, Burma and Egypt, will anyone be willing to go to the streets? The path to reform through politics looks stymied because the party system, creates parties that all work with the center state-business coalition. The press keeps this combative relation between the parties alive, avoiding the real issues.

A bit of a more real poll was done

Sixty-one percent of Americans polled would rather see taxes for the wealthy increased as a first step to tackling the deficit, the poll showed.

The next most popular way — chosen by 20 percent — was to cut defense spending.

Four percent would cut the Medicare government health insurance program for the elderly, and 3 percent would cut the Social Security retirement program, the poll showed.

Asked which part of the world they would fix first, the largest proportion of respondents — 36 percent — chose Washington, compared with 23 percent who picked the Middle East and 14 percent who chose Haiti.

The poll included a random sample of 1,067 adults across the United States from November 29 to December 2. The margin of error may be plus or minus 3 percentage points, 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair said.

But this kind of question is rare.

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