Friday, January 22, 2010

Economists Really Don't Understand Politics And FLG's Smart Kid Pet Peeve

Krugman:
Tuesday’s Republican victory in the Massachusetts special election means that Democrats can’t send a modified health care bill back to the Senate.


Obviously, the nominal reason for health care reform's stall is the lack of votes in the Senate. But, uh, Paul. Tuesday’s Republican victory in the Massachusetts special election means that even people in the blue state of Massachusetts don't want these health care reform packages. The Democratic pols in both the House and Senate got that message loud and clear.

I'd argue that health care reform is necessary, but that the current proposals would make everything worse. Nevertheless, for the sake of argument, let's say that they are exactly the right thing to do, I'd still say that the level of public skepticism according to polling data and as clear a rejection as possible short of a national referendum at the voting booth of the issue means that ramming it through would require a name change to the UnDemocratic Party.

The thing that bothers me most about that the Left is the feeling that most the elites were the smart kid in the class. And by smart kids I don't necessarily mean the smartest kid in the class. No, I mean the ones who insisted on raising their hands for every answer and if they weren't called on then they'd just blurt them out. The ones with contempt and resentment for their fellow classmates that as adults expanded it to their fellow citizens. Right elites and leaders have their own problems, but the smart kid thing bugs me.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

In law school, they call them 'gunners' dave.s.

Robbo said...

Yes, indeed. And when you got their names on your card while playing "asshole bingo" in class, you were almost sure to win.

Anonymous said...

"but the smart kid thing bugs me."

Bugs all of us which is why David Brooks will soon be the hated smart kid in all of America unless Barack Obama beats him to the punch.

Mrs. P

 
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