Thursday, March 02, 2006

On Old Dogs and New Tricks

Same as it ever was...

Last night I was "treated" to Kate O'Beirne and Bob Shrum on the Tweety hour. Well, it was Ash Wednesday and we all must do our penance. Matthews ran the clips of Smirk-Chimp being warned about bin Laden determined to attack the US Hurricane Katrina's potential damage (aside: you know, even WITHOUT the smoking gun in the form of a videotape, you'd have to be a complete idiot to NOT consider what a major hurricane could do to...oh wait, that's right--we're talking about Team Bush. Nevermind)...anyway, O'Beirne, as expected, reacted like a mangy, cornered weasel when confronted with clear evidence, beyond reasonable doubt, of Shrubian incompetence, that is, she retreated to the comfort zone of "accepted" talking points:

(paraphrasing here): the reports say all levels of government--and even the private sector--did poorly, blah blah blah, government is bad, blah blah blah, bureaucracy is bad, blah blah blah, ad nauseum, etc.

You know, it's tough to turn chicken shit into chicken salad, even when a compliant, lap-dog of a press corpse tells you how tasty it is.

I've got news for Kate O'Beirne and the rest of the Kool-Aid drinking acolytes who chant the free market mantra: anyone who thinks the private sector lacks a bureaucracy--and a bureaucracy that's often orders of magnitude more frustrating than on the public side--has managed to do the anotomically impossible. Time to pull your cranium outta there.

And time to destroy the myth of private sector efficiency: anyone who's punched more buttons than the NASA guys during Apollo 13 JUST SO THEY COULD SPEAK TO A FUCKING HUMAN BEING...who's often more baliff than either judge or jury...will know that the private side is no better than the public. Often it can be worse: theoretically, on the public side, everyone has a vote (yeah, I know, but work with me here)...think your 10 shares of AT&T qualify you to make ANY suggestions?

Not that anyone's gonna call them on it, but just once I'd like to see someone point that out to the wingnut faction.

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