Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Part of the Problem


I continued to work in television news long after coming to the conclusion that the industry was badly broken -- I admit that. But I didn't enter into it believing that it was a colossal mess, otherwise, why would I have bothered? I eventually became frustrated with the direction TV news had taken, but I never thought the medium as a whole should be done away with.

The same can't be said for many of today's Republicans; for the life of me I'll never understand how they manage to sell the public on the idea that they have a starring role in a production they utterly despise as a matter of principle. Worse than Ivy League oligarchs like George Bush and Grover Norquist casting themselves as heroes of the common man are class-act bullshit artists like John Boehner and Roy Blunt, who play along and continue to invoke the supposedly hallowed legacy of Ronald Reagan by asserting that government in and of itself is a bad thing. These self-loathing lawmakers claim to despise our government -- not simply the way it operates but, really, its very existence -- and yet they strive to be elected and re-elected to positions within it.

A good rule of thumb: When you're trying to make a business work, you don't hire employees who hate what it is that you do and believe that the less of it there is, the better.

Is it any wonder why things are so screwed up?

Read on:

(The Huffington Post: "Does McCain Still Agree with Reagan that Government is the Problem?" by Arianna Huffington/9.29.08)

4 comments:

drater said...

FYI, the word "Agree" is missing from the link to the article. It is a good read.

Chez said...

Thanks -- you have no idea what it's like to try to write and take care of a two month old at the same time.

drater said...

Yeah, I was going to give you crap for recycling some of your columns, but I'm amazed you accomplish as much as you do, considering. And I really liked the "Texas When You're Dead" post anyway, it's worth a second run.

Deacon Blue said...

I just want you to know Chez, by way of warning (and as a home-based writing/editing freelancer myself), it won't get any easier when she's 1, 2 or 3. Well, maybe by 3, depending on her personality, but mine is majorly attached and doesn't much like to play alone.