While poking around the PRAVDA files, MeanMesa was gratified to find an English transcript of the State of the Union speech recently delivered by Russian Federation President, Dimitri Medvedev.
Just as is the case in the United States, this State of the Union address (perhaps better classed as "State of the Federation..."), the President addressed topics considered to be the most important for Russian Federation citizens. Naturally, he spoke of economic issues (the Federation's economy is actually quite healthy) along with military and foreign policy decisions (the necessity of initiating new arms build up if the START cannot be rescued from the GOP extortionists in the US), but the bulk of his speech was centered directly on his intentions to increase his government's commitment to Russian children.
Economic conditions in the Russian Federation reflect significant improvements from the "basket case" status left over when the old Soviet Union finally collapsed. As a relatively mature social government -- granted, one which still faces some serious problems -- the Federation is now able economically to begin to address matters in its long term future.
While Senate thugs in the United States continue to scream in their relentless tantrum about how many Americans "should" be cascading into poverty, our friends across the Strait are thinking about tomorrow's Russians.
The "big picture" view of all of this presents an unsettling similarity to the strident Christian Kings in Europe as they, inebriated by the terror of the religionists of the time into developmental paralysis, as they continued to demonize the urban Ottoman's to their South. While the Turks were codifying algebra, Europe's Christians were transfixed with the "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" question.
In a certain sense, we Americans may be too similar to those hypnotized, old European critics sitting in their cold stone halls amid the chickens and the syphilis, incessantly repeating the "talking points" of the day concerning their righteous superiority over their Islamic neighbors.