U.S. political debate stuck in the past.

Excerpts from an article by Chrystia Freeland in the Globe & Mail.

In choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney swapped his Massachusetts pragmatism for a proudly ideological commitment to limited government. The Democrats, by contrast, believe in the essential role government plays, and are willing to raise taxes, at least on the rich, to pay for it.

Thanks to smart machines and global trade, the well-paying, middle-class jobs that were the backbone of Western democracies are vanishing. The paradoxical driver of this middle-class squeeze is not some villainous force – it is, rather, the success of the world’s best companies, many of them American.

It took more than the spinning jenny or the steam engine to transform local, agrarian, family-based communities into national, urban, individualistic ones. New political and social institutions will be needed to midwife the latest shift into global and virtual communities. Inventing those institutions is difficult, and talking about them can be frightening, but that is the political conversation the Western world should be having.

Read the full article here.

Romney five letter word puzzle

I was working on my next 5-letter word puzzle ebook when I decided to change gears and go political. I thought, “How many 5-letter words can I make from Romney?”

Well the answer is; one, and it fits his Republican beliefs very well.

The only 5-letter word I could find in ROMNEY is MONEY.

If you enjoy word games you would have fun solving my 4-letter word puzzles, or my more 4-letter word puzzles, or my 5-letter word puzzles available at all leading online ebook retailers. Just search for “Ted Summerfield” and you’ll find them.