Friday, August 08, 2008

"Real Men Don't Think Things Through"

Once in a while, I have an NYT day.

Krugman wins today with his take on what's wrong with GOP'08. They're playing dumb.

That's not news, but it's nice for someone to point it out.

He addresses the GOP take on more drilling and the bill of goods America seems to be buying that the moment we stick a pipe in the ocean, we'll be back to 99 cent/gallon gas:

What about the experts at the Department of Energy who say that it would take years before offshore drilling would yield any oil at all, and that even then the effect on prices at the pump would be “insignificant”? Presumably they’re just a bunch of wimps, probably Democrats. And the Democrats, as Representative Michele Bachmann assures us, “want Americans to move to the urban core, live in tenements, take light rail to their government jobs.”
I must be the kind of evil lib ruining America because I read that statement as 100% good, if you note that "tenement," while having a modern, negative connotation, just means apartment. Urban core! Light rail! Government job! You say it like it's a bad thing.

As Samir Nagheenanajar said, it would be nice to have that kind of job security.

By the way, Americans seem to be wanting their urban core back. And they're paying a premium for it.

Of course, it didn't take this cycle or the drilling issue to highlight the GOP's love of the innane. Check out the President. Even if you subscribe to the fallacy that an Harvard pedigree is an indicator of intelligence, you should recognize that Bush has made looking wide-eyed and stupid his go-to public relations strategy.

Compare his M.O. with the Chinese president's call to honor science and eschew illiteracy. I'm not saying he's a role model either, but we're totally with stupid, y'all.


Anonymous said...

I too applaud the rise of "urban living," but it's being done with a fatal weakness: the schools still stink. Urban life will be the realm of the young, the childless, and the retired, while families will continue to be forced into suburbs, as long as disasters such as LAUSD survive.

Caring, empowered teachers and involved parents are the key to good schools, and teacher empowerment and parent involvement are simply impossible in ANY system with 700,000 students. Until the schools are fixed, urban life will remain a small sideshow while the suburbs continue to expand.

Anonymous said...

I went to an LAUSD school, several of them, which were fine and featured ample parental involvement. How does the size of the district affect the interest level of parents?

Also: the quality of urban schools varies widely. Some of the best schools in Sacramento are here in the middle of it.

If the youngsters move back and work here, so will the infrastructure and the quality schools.