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megimoo
01-25-2010, 04:50 PM
Too Dumb to Thrive by little Joe Klein.

"It is Very Difficult to Thrive in an Increasingly Competitive World if You're a Nation of Dodos."

Absolutely amazing poll results from CNN today about the $787 stimulus package:

nearly three out of four Americans think the money has been wasted.

On second thought, they may be right: it's been wasted on them.

Indeed, the largest single item in the package--$288 billion--is tax relief for 95% of the American public.

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The next highest amount was $275 billion in grants and loans to states. This is why your child's teacher wasn't laid off...
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It turns out that what people are really upset about is all that wasteful money that has gone to political public works projects...except that the overwhelming portion of that money hasn't been spent yet.

Remember all those "shovel-ready" projects? Well, they didn't exist. The big jobs-creating projects like the rebuilt "smart" electric grid, major highways and fast trains will come on line during the next year.

(Although these projects might have gotten greater public support if they'd been chosen by a National Infrastructure Bank--a panel of experts, like the fed--that would have picked them according to their value added, rather than by the bozo appropriators in the Congress.)

So, two thoughts:

1. The Obama Administration has done a terrible job explaining the stimulus package to the American people...especially since there have been very few documented cases of waste so far.

2. This is yet further evidence that Americans are flagrantly ill-informed...and, for those watching Fox News, misinformed.

It is very difficult to have a democracy without citizens. It is impossible to be a citizen if you don't make an effort to understand the most basic activities of your government.



http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2010/01/25/too-dumb-to-thrive/

megimoo
01-25-2010, 07:52 PM
Joe Klein Calls America Dumb, Internet Returns the Favor Tenfold

Today's CNN poll shows a majority of Americans think stimulus money has been wasted. (Cue blogger barroom brawl.)

Time columnist Joe Klein was the first to upend his keyboard, calling Americans "too dumb to thrive," and unleashing an epic rant against respondents who clearly don't grasp the stimulus package.

Online conservatives all-too-happily piled on Klein in turn.
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* 'A Nation of Dodos' Calling Americans "flagrantly ill-informed" and Fox News viewers "misinformed," Klein points out that the stimulus money respondents declare wasted was, in fact, "wasted on them" in the form of tax breaks and state grants ("this is why your child's teacher wasn't laid off"). The Obama administration may have "done a terrible job explaining the stimulus package," he writes, but "it is very difficult to have a democracy without citizens," and it is "impossible to be a citizen if you don't make an effort to understand the most basic activities of your government."

He concludes by suggesting America's competitive edge in the world is being undermined by its citizens' stupidity.

* 'Arrogant Ignoramus Joe Klein,' returns Bluto at The Jawa Report, who takes it upon himself to explain the stimulus in terms even "a sheltered ultra-liberal media parasite ... can understand."

He calls the stimulus a "zero-sum" endeavor: "If the government, which produces nothing, decides to spend however many tens of billions of dollars on 'shovel-ready' boondoggles and buy-the-vote projects, that money comes from taxpayers, the people who are actually producing things."

He concludes with some explicit excremental metaphors directed at the ex-Clintonite columnist.

* These 'Dodos' Don't Read Your Blog, points out NewsBusters' Ken Shepherd. "At least in Klein's mind, these alleged ignorant boobs are practically an existential threat to democracy itself."

* 'Joe Klein Pulls a Carter' The Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti is amused: "I would say this is exactly the wrong response liberal Democrats should have to public dispaproval of the Obama agenda."

Clifton B at Another Black Conservative agrees: "Thankfully, idiots like Klein keep stoking the fire, keeping us dumb unwashed masses fired up to eradicate these elitists know nothings once and for all."

* Let Me Clarify: Americans Aren't Stupid, Just Lazy and Uneducated In what doesn't quite pass for de-escalation, Klein adds in a second post that "I don't think Americans are stupider than other people...though we may be stupider than we used to be."

The U.S. has generally hosted intelligent people--notably immigrants--he argues, but in the post-war peace the country has gotten "lazy ... clearly, education reform is absolutely essential ... The gap between the numbers who watch American Idol and those who watch the Lehrer News Hour will always be massive--but the number of people who don't pay any attention to the news at all continues to grow." That's not sustainable in a democracy, he says.



http://www.theatlanticwire.com/opinions/view/opinion/Joe-Klein-Calls-America-Dumb-Internet-Returns-the-Favor-Tenfold-2295