"Together, these three trends – a loss of economic and physical autonomy, the diffusion of information technology, and slower growth against a backdrop of larger and older populations – will create enormous political challenges in virtually every country. Demands are mounting at the same time as the ability of governments to satisfy them is diminishing. The leaders who will take power after this year’s transitions will confront this fundamental reality.
Leaders will also have to confront the byproducts of increased nationalism, populism, and, in some cases, extremism. Hostility to immigration and economic protectionism, already visible, can be projected to increase.
These developments within countries will make more difficult the challenge of generating global consensus on how to meet threats beyond borders: as governing successfully at home becomes more difficult, so will governing abroad. For citizens and leaders alike, tough times lie ahead."
Question is - are there any leaders who are frank enough to share these constraints on national leadership with their own people. We know answers and sadly but predictably those are negative. If one listens to Hollende and other French Politicians, we know they are all busy in setting up French People for the 'downfall'. If you listen to Romney, he is promising 'moon' - tax cuts while still not cutting government expenses but rather to increase those.
May be Obama has not been so openly lying with Americans yet, but he is not exemplifying himself by talking straight with Americans too. Any American President who refuses to put forward a credible deficit reducing plan is simply not so serious. Agreed, President Obama might have done good enough job to put we Americans on a recovery path; howsoever lukewarm that recovery is. But once that is set in motion, people would be more and more interested in 'protecting these gains'; which means expecting Government to 'manage the deficit'. So far it seems that President Obama is 'loosing on this lesson' and is not showing dexterity enough to tackle these expectations of Americans.
Does it mean we are staring at generation of Politicians who are simply skipping telling truth to their own people? Unfortunately, that seems to be the case.