2006-02-24 / Columnists

The Progressive

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rates also rise for consumers.

Despite the president’s statement to find new sources of energy, he emphasized the use of technology to solve our dependence on foreign oil. He rejected any conservation program. It reminded me of what Peter Drucker, the business management consultant who died last year once said: “It was naïve of the 19th century optimists to expect paradise from technology-and it is equally naïve of the 20th century pessimists to make technology the scapegoat for blindness, cruelty, immaturity, greed and sinful pride.” We must use technology but we must also use the power of human responsibility and acknowledgement of our common interest.

President Bush’s speech and proposals indicate he is the type of leader that believes that the marketplace and technology will solve all of America’s social inequities. It is criminal to say this to the homeless, sick, and poor of our society. They cannot afford and do not have the luxury of waiting for the marketplace to make the necessary corrections. We need vision to fight international terrorists and rebuild ground zero and the Gulf Coast and prepare for pandemics. Which type of leader is President Bush?

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