There is much to admire about Switzerland, its politics, and its governance, especially compared to what the US has become. From Bill Bonner at bonnerandpartners.com:
BUENOS AIRES – Type Swiss President “Doris Leuthard” into Google.
You will get about 450,000 results.
Do the same with Donald Trump, and the number is closer to 396 million.
That’s 87,900% more references.
The world’s press is as fascinated by President Trump as it is indifferent to President Leuthard.
What will Ms. Leuthard do next?
What outrageous new tweet will she send out? Whom will she attack?
No one seems to care…
And yet, though we have never met either one of them, we have a suspicion.
Ms. Leuthard is probably decent, earnest, and wholesome. She has never killed anyone, and it would take her a while to even get used to insulting people.
Mr. Trump, on the other hand, is in another category. Impervious to ridicule as to the fires of hell, he is especially well suited for the role he has been given.
Mr. Trump accused “conservatives” of blocking his health care reform.
The conservatives say they want real change, not fake reform.
That was yesterday.
Today, he tells them to “obey or else,” according to The Washington Post. And who knows – he may join with Democrats to override the Freedom Caucus veto.
In Switzerland, the president barely ever sells a newspaper and rarely chases the child molesters and fallen sports heroes from the headlines.
When Ms. Leuthard appears on the TV, people go out for a drink. They don’t know and don’t care who she is.
Because it doesn’t matter.
Switzerland has no troops stationed in foreign countries. It does not seek to slay dragons on the sands of Syria or Iraq.
The Swiss president doesn’t presume to restrict travel, threaten to cut off funds to cities, or propose more money for crony industries.
Political power in Switzerland is local. It is constrained by local assemblies, local voters, and local customs.
Much like the U.S. before the War Between the States, Switzerland’s states, called cantons, still have power of their own.
It’s one of the most decentralized systems in the world. There is no “Swiss” national debt; each canton issues its own debt. And each suffers the consequences if it’s not repaid.
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