Still Reading on Vacation…

March 16, 2008 at 9:07 am 1 comment

I snuck to the computer early on my first day in Florida to post some of the great articles I read in The Times on the flight down…

An excellent article about the history of the photobooth from Wednesday’s Style section.  (Dad, you’ll particularly enjoy this.)

This op-ed, about George W. Bush’s, erm, fine speaking skills, is absolutely great.  Here’s one of my favorite parts:

“O.K., so he’s not good at first-day response. Or second. Third can be a problem, too. But this economic crisis has been going on for months, and all the president could come up with sounded as if it had been composed for a Rotary Club and then delivered by a guy who had never read it before. ‘One thing is certain that Congress will do is waste some of your money,’ he said. ‘So I’ve challenged members of Congress to cut the number of cost of earmarks in half.’

Besides being incoherent, this is a perfect sign of an utterly phony speech. Earmarks are one of those easy-to-attack Congressional weaknesses, and in a perfect world, they would not exist. But they cost approximately two cents in the grand budgetary scheme of things. Saying you’re going to fix the economy or balance the budget by cutting out earmarks is like saying you’re going to end global warming by banning bathroom nightlights.” (emphasis mine)

THANK YOU GAIL COLLINS, because no one besides public policy students seems to get the fact that earmarks are not such a huge expense for our country.

Tips on N.C.A.A. pools in your office.  Apparently it comes at a cost of $1.7 billion in lost work time over the 16 days of the tournament…

One more, especially for Mom: Stepping Out After a Makeover (it’s about Lord & Taylor, not actual people-makeovers).

Ok, off to the beach!

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Entry filed under: Fun, New York Times, Politics.

Vacation! Today at the Beach, I Read…The Economist

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. alex  |  March 17, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Oh, thank you for putting my favorite paragraph about the Prez!

    Reply

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