Barack Obama’s White House legacy: avoid it like the plague – FT.com

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English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a MUST READ article by Edward Luce, published  in the FT. It’s currently  top of the FT’s most-read list. Check it out!

via Barack Obama’s White House legacy: avoid it like the plague – FT.com.

It’s widely known that Obama is a lame-duck president with limited power. Indeed, some like my colleague, John Gelmini, believe that Obama has always been a lame-duck.

Surely, the acid-test is the results and the achievement? I  shall leave my US colleagues to debate US healthcare but, for me, the focus remains firmly on US foreign policy and  effective deployment of US military muscle. The FT article concludes that Obama still has half his term  to go. Surely, another two years of Obama signals greater risk than opportunity?

Surely, Obama is now  only after the money that comes after  his second term, otherwise, if he was really public spirited he should resign and give a more effective leader a chance?

Any thoughts?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A portrait of Europe’s white working class – FT.com

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English: Working Class Housing – Avenham Road (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This excellent article is by the FT is close to the top of its most  read list. It’s a highly recommended read. Check it out!

via A portrait of Europe’s white working class – FT.com.

Whilst the title promises to be European in scope, the article is a subjective viewpoint of a working class area outside Manchester. The research is valuable in that it takes a hard look at working class challenges, avoiding the familiar stereotypes.

I fear that in countries like Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Cyprus that the story is much worse than portrayed in this article.

The working and middle classes in many parts of Europe have suffered enormously under excessive austerity.

Let me turn this to an open question:

 What should policy-makers do about the working classes, who frequently do not have the skills, education and possibly motivation to compete effectively?

Any thoughts?

 

 

 

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