Just Above Sunset
April 18, 2004 - Economic Data and Dyslexia
Misery Loves Company: Economic data for most of us in the middle…
This week in CNN
Kerry says middle class families are worse off and the rich are better off under George Bush.
Well, this week the Kerry
campaign came out with its “Misery Index” – some sort of thing that’s supposed to let folks know why
things seem so bad, and how they got to be so bad, and then allow them to rag on Bush’s methods for improving life here,
at least economically. I would have preferred the thing be called the “Hard
Times Index” as that sounds much more Woody Guthrie populist and thus much more appealing, in a “common man”
sort of way.
Reading is Fundamental, or Not
Three amusing paragraphs
from London – well, from Clinton’s former advisor writing from America and published in London.
Bush, in fact, does not read his President's Daily Briefs, but has them orally summarised every
morning by the CIA director, George Tenet. President Clinton, by contrast, read
them closely and alone, preventing any aides from interpreting what he wanted to know first-hand. He extensively marked up his PDBs, demanding action on this or that, which is almost certainly the likely
reason the Bush administration withheld his memoranda from the 9/11 commission.
… As the iconic image of the "war president" has tattered, another picture has emerged. Bush appears as a passive manager who enjoys sitting atop a hierarchical structure, unwilling and unable to do the hard work a real manager has to do to run the largest enterprise in the world. He does not seem to absorb data unless it is presented to him in simple, clear fashion by people whose judgment he trusts. He is receptive to information that agrees with his point of view rather than information that challenges it. This leads to enormous power on the part of the trusted interlocutors, who know and bolster his predilections.
Well, I guess this all is amusing. Or not.
My friend in Paris, Ric Erickson, often cited here, has met all sorts of Americans at his weekly MetropoleParis meeting who chat about whether Bush is dyslexic or even functionally illiterate and all that other stuff that been rumored since the campaign for the 2000 election.
It doesn’t matter. He’s where he is.
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