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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

They live in their own perceptual bubbles.

As always, Andrew Sullivan links to outrageous BS.

"But there is a strong possibility now that we have seen our way through the worst of this situation and that Iraq may have a more peaceful, less tyrannical future. It also should mean that we can bring home our troops more quickly--maybe even in the next 16 months." - Joe Klein

The worst of this situation passed a year and a half ago. The current plan is to bring our troops home within 16 months (though that actually means leaving most of them there, since Obama has no exit plan). Exactly what the**** is Klein smoking? He's caught in his own narrative, as are most humans.

"b) The Obama stimulus bill gives the most money to the growing parts of the economy—health care and education.

If you guessed (b), give yourself a pat on the back. Despite all the talk of big infrastructure projects, the majority of increased spending in the bill goes to health and education. And that's a good thing." - Michael Mandel

Leaving aside the complete and utter ignorance of economics, which seems to be prevalent among the media, politicians and Keynesians, the only reason those sectors are growing is because they are already the recipients of government subsidies - paid for with taxes on the construction and manufacturing sectors. The rest of his argument is equally specious; you can't outsource construction, though you can travel overseas for education and healthcare, or have them delivered via UPS, youtube or telerobotics as the case may be.

That's a good thing? All of the subsidies are misguided, but you just spit in the eyes of the manufacturing sector. Let's see the Web 2.0 companies take off without computers or offices. Let's see a renaissance of high-quality local clinics without affordable cat scanners. Let's see doctors perform chemotherapy without nuclear material processing plants out there in the flyover states. As a matter of fact, without Boeing they would be walk-through states. You realize that- nevermind.

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