I’m very suspicious of “studies.” As a liberal, I was ready to trust anything that came out of academia. As a conservative, I’m suspicious of academia, because I know it’s more interested in specific outcomes than in the scientific method. A good example of this is a survey that was sent around to Marin County women about a decade ago, based upon the statistical fact that Marin County women have a higher than average incidence of breast cancer. Putting aside the fact that we have a substantial population of very elderly ladies (who are prone to breast cancer) and a lot wealth (meaning the cancer can be caught), one would think the survey would have looked into types of birth control, age of first pregnancy, number (if any) of abortions, breast-feeding history, etc. It didn’t. It asked about bacon and power lines. I threw it away. My daughter is in a study about how young girls grow. They want to know about the number of chairs with cushions in our home. I can think of more useful questions to ask.
There are definitely experts out there, but they’re really not in the colleges. They’re working in the real world, amassing real information. Which is all the more reason for us to be very worried about the way the Obama White House is morphing into Thomas Friedman’s wet dream: an all-powerful entity that uses a small number of academic experts to control America. His is the anti-democratic presidency.
Changing topics entirely, I’d never heard of Gregg Popovich before today, but I know about him now because he’s just joined the ranks of famous Americans who feel that it is incumbent upon them to insult the Americans who write their paychecks. I might not have noticed this bit of foolishness if it hadn’t fault on the heels of a virtually identical insult from Glenn Close. My first thought was, “Glenn, why are you offending ticket buyers?” My second thought was, “Oh, never mind. You don’t have a career.” (Of course, when she said we average Americans have the IQs of newts, maybe she was comparing all of us to the brilliant Newt Gingrich, in which case she’s forgiven.)
Speaking of Newt, this is why we like him:
Erick Erickson, of Red State, says Santorum is a big government social conservative, which jives with everything else I’ve read about him. That’s the reverse of what I think is necessary in the White House and electable in the polling places. Except for the fact that Quinn Hillyer at National Review says Santorum is also a true conservative who isn’t a big government guy, but respects individual freedom. Two smart writers, two completely opposing views — what’s a voter to do?
I just want to say that I really, really like Tim Tebow. I can’t help myself. I just do.
We knew this, but now it’s in writing from a sycophant: Obama is subordinate to his wife and doesn’t like the job he fights for so viciously. Oh, goody. Just what we need in the White House.