A bunch of things….

Obvious signs of overbearing government as enshrined in the inflationary fiat monetary logic:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100808/ap_on_re_us/us_bell_salaries

LOS ANGELES – A former city manager’s huge $787,000 salary is only half of the unusually generous total compensation given to the official in the small California blue-collar city of Bell, according to a city official.

Robert Rizzo’s benefits, which included 20 weeks paid vacation, brought his total annual compensation to more than $1.5 million, according to Josh Pulliam, an interim public information officer for the city.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100050002/the-obama-presidency-increasingly-resembles-a-modern-day-ancien-regime-extravagant-and-out-of-touch-with-ordinary-people/

What the great French historian Alexis de Tocqueville would make of today’s Obama administration were he alive today is anyone’s guess. But I would wager that the author of L’Ancien Régime and Democracy in America would be less than impressed with the extravagance and arrogance on display among the White House elites that rule America as though they had been handed some divine right to govern with impunity.

Which obviously results in these sort of sentiments amongst the population:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/07/your-money/07money.html?_r=1&hp

There’s a class war coming to the world of government pensions. The haves are retirees who were once state or municipal workers. Their seemingly guaranteed and ever-escalating monthly pension benefits are breaking budgets nationwide.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703748904575411713335505250.html?mod=WSJASIA_hpp_sections_opinion

The biggest political change in my lifetime is that Americans no longer assume that their children will have it better than they did. This is a huge break with the past, with assumptions and traditions that shaped us.

http://spectator.org/archives/2010/07/16/americas-ruling-class-and-the/5

The ruling class’s appetite for deference, power, and perks grows. The country class disrespects its rulers, wants to curtail their power and reduce their perks. The ruling class wears on its sleeve the view that the rest of Americans are racist, greedy, and above all stupid. The country class is ever more convinced that our rulers are corrupt, malevolent, and inept. The rulers want the ruled to shut up and obey. The ruled want self-governance. The clash between the two is about which side’s vision of itself and of the other is right and which is wrong.

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