Notes from Jordan

I thought I’d have interesting news to report from Jordan. I’m here for the month on a work assignment, the impact of the Arab Spring is still rippling through the region, the Palestinians are trying to get the UN to recognize their statehood…  And it’s business as usual here in Amman.  Gosh the people here are nice.  That’s not sarcasm.  They’re really nice.

My colleague here is a Jordanian liberal who spent a year working for Mother Jones.  Yeah.  That Mother Jones.  I burst out laughing when he told me – couldn’t help it.  It’s been interesting as we compare politics though – we seem to find ourselves agreeing on the ills associated with big government, who really creates jobs (private enterprise), and other economic issues.  It’s just another reminder that there are lots of people out there who automatically pull the “D” lever in the election booth, though in reality, they’re probably more conservative than the D they’re voting for.


About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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