I’ve admired the political right for years, or rather I’ve admired their political skills for years. One of their strongest is their ability to co-opt words, picking all the juicy ones for themselves and turning those associated with the opposition into four letter words of the worst kind. One of my favorite examples is the last eight plus years of Dubya’s ‘conservative’ administration.
Now, this is not a rant – well, not really. I just want to encourage you to listen to a podcast of a recent speech by Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel prize winning economist at Columbia, and Linda Bilmes, who teaches budget and public finance at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. In this talk they dispassionately dissect the true cost of the Iraq war without ever raising their voices. They approach it just as they would analyze any other business venture and the result is jaw-dropping.
The podcast can be found here, at American Public Media’s program: ‘Word for Word’ a wonderful series of speeches and discussions led by a wide range of thinkers and policy makers. I automatically download each of their podcasts and listen to at least three-fourths of them, from Stephen Breyer to Karl Rove, from Bill Clinton to Ken Burns.
But give Blimes five minutes. And then for once, be glad that you’re not eighteen again, since most of the costs will be paid by our kids’ generation. And their kids.
Posted on April 14th, 2008 by jack-of-all-thumbs
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