The paper’s new “Sunday Review” section is beyond parody. Yet every once in a while it produces a gem.
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Even Reagan raised taxes to reduce deficits! [This is a first grade teacher doing show-and-tell.]. He also called ketchup a vegetable, but you’ll learn about that at lunch.
So is this a satire on what radicalized teachers would really like to teach their students? (Not that they don’t already fill them with lefty propaganda anyway.). Or is it a “Gee-wouldn’t-it-be-great-if-we-could-really-tell-them-the-truth” kind of in-joke? Your guess is as good as mine. After all, these “obvious” truths are all just liberal shibboleths.
So why go through all this? Well, because every once in a while there’s a gem. This week it was economics reporter Catherine Rampell’s story on pg. 6 entitled “Why Washington Really Likes Itself.” It seems that the Gallup Poll takes a daily reading on how people feel about the economy. They subtract the negative responses from the positive and come up with a number called the “Economic Confidence Index.” The latest results show that every state has a negative confidence rating, ranging from -14 in North Dakota to -44 in West Virginia, with a national median of -30.
However, there’s one jurisdiction that has a positive response — the District of Columbia. There the reading is +11. Even with a poverty rate of 18.4 percent, one of the highest in the country, the majority of folks in Washington think everything is hunky-dory. (The survey only polls those who are employed, which tells you a lot.). And who can argue with them? With the healthcare industry getting to relocate in Washington, with the EPA gearing up to shut down 20 percent of the nation’s power plants, with the Dodd-Frank regulations waiting to be written, with the bureaucracy having grown 10 percent since Obama arrived in office, and with Virginia congressmen holding seminars on how to apply for federal jobs, what more could there be to celebrate?
I think this story should be the top headline of every newspaper in America. It explains everything that’s wrong with the country. Hooray for the New York Times!