Location: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

I'm an ordained United Methodist minister no longer pastoring churches, a former media producer with skills ten years out of date, a writer trying to sell my first novel, and a sales associate keeping body and soul together working for the People's Republic of Corporate America. I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who was my best friend for 17 years before we married.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Continuing what I started Yesterday

I just learned today that Greg Anrig, Jr. has a new book out: “Why Right Wing Ideas Keep Failing.”

He says when the ideas put forth by Grover Norquist and Richard Mellon Scaife and Rupert Murdoch ( and they complain about George Soros, for cryin' out loud) are actually put into practice the result is a disaster for everyone. Prime example: New Orleans (heckuva job).

Another example: Colorado. Some years ago the state passed the so-called, "Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR). The result: the roads in Colorado are crumbling, many lost productive man-hours waiting at the underfunded DMV, many wasted productive man-hours spend in needless traffic jams because the state can't afford to maintain, much less widen or build new, roads. The right-wing "think" tanks propose more political hiring so that one's ideological visions can be realized (if you're George W; didn't propose it for Bill C). Result: A competent FEMA that was so outstanding during Florida hurricanes before did such an unspeakably lousy job in NOLA. Check out TPM Cafe for the book club discussion of it.

Good idea for a Christmas gift. Only problem is, those who would benefit most from reading it are the most likely to reject it out of hand without reading it.

Ah, well, maybe some day I can read it.

So many books, so little time.


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