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Joe Klein, TIME ‘Too Dumb to Thrive’?
Posted By Kathy Shaidle On January 27, 2010 @ 12:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments
Joe Klein at TIME is feeling extra super cranky these days.
Are you an ordinary (dare I say it — “teabagger”) American? Are you daring to question the wisdom of the great Obama, by wondering aloud where all your money disappeared to?
Shut up, Joe Klein explains:
Absolutely amazing poll results from CNN today about the $787 stimulus package: nearly three out of four Americans think the money has been wasted. On second thought, they may be right: it’s been wasted on them. Indeed, the largest single item in the package–$288 billion–is tax relief for 95% of the American public. This money is that magical $60 to $80 per month you’ve been finding in your paycheck since last spring. Not a life changing amount, but helpful in paying the bills.
Yes, he really did write $787 — no zeros. On Monday, at 11:30 AM. It’s still like that. But remember: you’re the idiots, and the editors and writers at TIME are your moral and intellectual superiors!
This is yet further evidence that Americans are flagrantly ill-informed…and, for those watching Fox News, misinformed.
It is very difficult to have a democracy without citizens. It is impossible to be a citizen if you don’t make an effort to understand the most basic activities of your government. It is very difficult to thrive in an increasingly competitive world if you’re a nation of dodos.
A few hours later, Klein “clarifies” his original post in another, entitled ” Dumb or Just Badly Educated… Or Maybe Just Lazy?” You can almost hear him sighing as he types, apparently without irony:
The gap between the numbers who watch American Idol and those who watch the Lehrer News Hour will always be massive–but the number of people who don’t pay any attention to the news at all continues to grow….and all too many of those who do try to follow the news get their information from sources that feed their prejudices. I don’t think you can run a democracy or remain prosperous in a situation like that forever.
Like Mr. Klein, I have some “thoughts”. They may not be able to match his in sheer brilliance, because I am a mere dodo.
Don’t be so sad, Joe. There’s still hope for America!
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