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Everyone’s wondering why multiple New Yorkers just walked by as a good Samaritan bled to death on the sidewalk in front of them. The intelligentsia has jumped on the usual suspects: violent video games. I think, though, that we’re simply looking at life in the big city, in which people cultivate the mindset of “it’s not my problem; someone else, preferably a City employee,” will fix it. And in the last shot of that deeply depressing video, one sees New York’s own come driving up to carry away the corpse. It’s no coincidence, perhaps, that urban dwellers vote overwhelmingly for big government. Living in the City means never having to take care of things yourself.
Speaking of cities and government, it’s clear that one city’s government knows how to take care of itself. It turns out that 1 out of 3 San Francisco employees is earning in excess $100,000 annually on the taxpayer’s dime. (Here’s an example of a teacher feeding at some government’s public trough who can’t possibly be worth whatever money they are paying her.) I suspect that, if you had a picture of sheep being led to the slaughter, and San Franciscans walking down the City streets, the images would be indistinguishable– except that the sheep earn our sympathy because they, at least, are not complicit in their own demise.
And speaking of sheep, Michael Barone thinks that some sheep may be lining up for rebellion and will start demanding spending cuts, not tax increases. They will be met, naturally, with cries that, should such cuts go into effect, there will be people starving in the streets. Funnily enough, those statements will echo precisely the arguments made back in 1990s, when the debate was on about “ending welfare as we know it.” We did end welfare as we knew it, and Armageddon failed to occur. What a disappointment to the doomsayers.
I’ve spent a fair amount of blog time this week talking about the danger of identity politics. The trigger for me was the gay softball team stripped of its championship because some of its players weren’t gay enough. The world of sports, though, is too small a stage for sexual identity politics, and the same argument is now playing out on the Pennsylvania political scene: “Just how bisexual is Gregg Kravitz? His political career may pivot on the answer. Kravitz is a 29-year-old former stockbroker from Philadelphia, who is running for the Pennsylvania statehouse. He claims to be a bisexual. [para.] His opponent in the Democratic primary, incumbent Babette Josephs, says Kravitz is lying about who he sleeps with in order to curry favor with gay voters. Josephs claims she met a woman at a fundraiser who identified herself as Kravitz’s girlfriend. “I outed him as a straight person,” Josephs announced.”
Lastly, although I can’t find a graceful way to tie the following in with my snippets, above, I wanted to bring your attention to the hatred directed at the Tea Partiers. While the media may be very busy trying to paint peaceful constitutionally-oriented protests as potential bloodbaths, that’s not where the ugliness lies. (Warning: bad language and potential scary nightmares lie at this link.)
UPDATE: Since this was a post that leaned heavily on government worker issues, this Saturday Night Live sketch seems apropos: