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Felix Baumgartner dazzled the world with his jump from 23 miles in space. He has appeared on all the morning talk shows and is heralded by the as a true hero.  Unfortunately, the more he opens his mouth, the more there is to dislike.  

Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian parachutist who broke the sound barrier by jumping to earth from the stratosphere said in an interview published Sunday he backed the idea of a dictatorship, though a moderate one.
Actually, what Baumgartner has in mind sounds quite a bit like a Romney presidency:
He told Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung that such a dictatorship should be "led by experienced personalities coming from the private (sector of the) economy" to solve present social and economic problems.
So what is this tendency of Austrians to long for a "Fuehrer"?

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  •  They're Going to Need About 20 Million Troops (6+ / 0-)

    deployed around the country to enforce business type solutions to our social problems.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 12:04:03 PM PDT

  •  Kleine Zeitung is an excellent newspaper name. (2+ / 0-)
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    homo neurotic, Wreck Smurfy

    I wouldn't expect them to stand up to dictatorship, though.  

    Me (in best Kramer voice): It's just a Kleine Zeitung.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 12:14:05 PM PDT

  •  maybe something happened in that (8+ / 0-)

    jump that caused brain swelling, could be too much Red Bull or maybe he is just full of Bull.

  •  Creepy politics (1+ / 0-)
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    glbTVET

    Baumgartner does not speak for me, though I am a skydiver.

    He would be better off to enjoy his record-breaking skydive and keep his mis-guided political thoughts to himself.

  •  oh, yes (5+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, iburl, elmo, Nespolo, glbTVET

    let the private sector fix the economic problems. y'know, like the global financial melt down, the one manufactured entirely by the private sector.

    sheesh. next time you go up to 120K feet, maybe take some oxygen with you.

    keep your eyes on the sky. put a dollar in the kitty. don't the moon look pretty. --becker&fagen

    by homo neurotic on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 12:44:48 PM PDT

  •  What an idiot. No dictatorship is moderate... (2+ / 0-)
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    G2geek, Steve Canella

    and even when there has arguably a moderate one they always get worse over time (get used to power and don't want to give it up)... and if they were a namby pamby kind of dictator they would last only as long as it took for the head of the army or the secret police to decide to take over over from the possibly well intentioned ego-maniac moderate dictator who started it. And then of course these "heirs" always turn it into a not so moderate dictatorship...

    The only thing that keeps dictatorships from happening is a working democracy... doesn't this nitwit understand that? Governments are held in check by the people... a government that does not have to respond or listen because it already thinks it knows what is best for everyone is by definition a dictatorship already and will only consolidate the power it has to ignore everyone else and impose its "solutions" which increasingly become exactly the same as their own now unrestrained greed, wishes and needs...

    To be any kind of dictator means having to quickly become a total dictatorship whether artfully camouflaged or entirely out in the open but no matter what labels and propaganda are used they amount to the same and they will stay in power as long as they can impose themselves... and that lasts only as long as their own incompetence and rigidity allows which is usually about when people have had enough... but the worse the dictatorship the worse the havoc in getting rid of it.

    Much better skydiver idiot, to avoid that whole dictatorship thing entirely... I hope he reads a bit of history... the same horrific things happen every time a dictatorship takes hold in any country...

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 02:15:29 PM PDT

  •  Yet more proof (3+ / 0-)
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    FG, G2geek, kevin k

    That success in one arena doesn't necessarily translate to success (or even competence) anywhere else.

    "We *can* go back to the Dark Ages! The crust of learning and good manners and tolerance is so thin!" -- Sinclair Lewis

    by Nespolo on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 02:17:05 PM PDT

  •  Im a military vet (1+ / 0-)
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    G2geek

    Im ready to fight. "Bring 'em on, baby."

    "As goes OHIO so goes the nation."

    by glbTVET on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 02:22:00 PM PDT

  •  How is a stuntman a "hero"? (1+ / 0-)
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    kevin k

    The word "hero" has become so devalued in the past 20 years that it's effectively meaningless.

    -8.38, -7.74 My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. - Jack Layton

    by Wreck Smurfy on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 03:13:11 PM PDT

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