"Man Out of Time" - Elvis Costello and the Attractions
" . . . real life becomes a rumour"
- Some days I wonder why anyone else bothers writing. Krugman with yet another brutal assault on the op-ed pages men of the center (of Flat Bobo Patio World):
Check out the opinion page of any major newspaper, or listen to any news-discussion program, and you’re likely to encounter some self-proclaimed centrist declaring that there are no short-run fixes for our economic difficulties, that the responsible thing is to focus on long-run solutions and, in particular, on “entitlement reform” — that is, cuts in Social Security and Medicare. And when you do encounter such a person, you should be aware that people like that are a major reason we’re in so much trouble.
I wonder what Thomas Friedman and David Brooks think when they read this stuff. I like that Krugman is committed to not backing off of this line of attack. His attempts to shame the Very Serious People are no doubt in vain -- they are shameless to their very core -- but I admire his relentlessness.
- As those of you who have been reading the blog for a long time now, I tend to be a China skeptic, finding claims of its imminent superpower status to be dubious. The hype around China's first aircraft carrier amplifies my feelings in this regard. The United States commissioned its first aircraft carrier nearly ninety years ago. It is not exactly a cutting edge technology. And their whole high speed rail thing doesn't appear to be quite so compelling either.
- I think I might enjoy this blog. Although I had a few outstanding professors. I pretty much hated the whole law school experience -- particularly being taught by people whom one had the sense would have their asses handed to them in most court rooms in the country. Law school remains a wholly unsatisfying blend of trade school and pretentious academia. I, personally, would have preferred more trade school and less pretense.
Are you all ready for the massive Rick Perry hype?