Then/NowThere has always been hostility from some on the left of politics towards America. These are people who believe capitalism is evil and that the US is the place where the evil of capitalism and exploitation is most at home. During the Cold War, Marxists and socialists of various types were ideologically or emotionally drawn to the communist side. Their side lost. This gave them even stronger reason to dislike America.
... if the world is to have a hegemon, the modern US is the kind of hegemon we would like to have: democratic, respectful of human rights, with strong and genuine belief in individual liberty.
Federal Treasurer Peter Costello, 22 August 2005.
Treasurer Peter Costello has warned the public service - and the government's backbench - against focusing on their own patch at the expense of the national interest.
Using an address to the Australian Public Service, Mr Costello said he feared for what he termed the Balkanisation of both government departments and politicians.
He said there was evidence in some areas of politicians not considering the wider ramifications of their decisions.
"(They decide) I'm going to do what my region wants me to do, or my state wants me to do," he said.
"I'll just do whatever is in their interest, notwithstanding that it may not be in the interests of the nation as a whole.
"I think policy works best when we have a conception of national interest."
Mr Costello said the budget problems of the United States was in part due to the decision by American lawmakers to attach particular regional projects to major pieces of legislation.
"I would want to resist that, at all costs here in Australia," he said.Sydney Morning Herald, 2 November 2005.