notes on government, sports and popular culture
....Thank you, George Will
Friedman may be angry
, but Will says some things that need saying, as only he can do it.
In response Sen. Barack Obama's comments regarding government's "historic indifference" to poverty (the contemporary manifestation of which is President Bush), Will writes:
"The senator, 44, is just 30 months older than 'the war on poverty' that President Johnson declared in January 1964. since thewn the indifference that is as bad as active malice has been expressed in more than $6.6 trillion of antipoverty spending, strictly defined. The senator is called a 'new kind of Democrat,' which often means one with new ways of ignoring evidence discordant with old liberal orthodoxies about using cash — much of it spent through liberalism's 'caring professions' — to cope with cultural collapse."
I would include the mainstream media as one of those "caring professions". Another thing that has bothered me about the media hatred of President Bush is their implication that he is responsible for the pre-Katrina plight of those stranded in New Orleans. "The rich keep getting richer and poor keep getting poorer" — if I had a nickel for every time I've heard that in the past two weeks, then I'd be rich.
After $6.6 trillion in antipoverty spending, I would think there wouldn't be any more poor people in existence. Yeah, I'd say something went wrong.