Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

Superb commentary from Josh Marshall

This is a bright light on a dark day:

I’ve been so angry at many of my fellow supposed progressives who are rising up now against our construction of a healthcare infrastructure, that I nearly broke my teapot. I want Jim Dean to ask me to call Harry Reid and tell him we don’t want to fix streets in poor neighborhoods because to do so will raise property taxes and assessments. I want him to denounce rural electrifications as ‘nothing but’ a gift to utilities that raised the cost of living for people who had next to nothing to live on in the first place.

The last few days have gone a long way towards resolving the mystery of why our bridges fall down.

In this context, I think of how so many people admire JFK’s inaugural speech for its vision of spaceflight-based achievement. Do these people not realize that landing Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon was one of the most expensive operations ever undertaken by humans, and think about how angry it would have made them to see their taxes spent so slave-driving Nazi engineer Werner von Braun could achieve his life’s dream?

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