What's the moral?
Posted by aogMonday, 05 January 2009 at 13:53 TrackBack Ping URL

The Wall Street Journal has an editorial about the state of New Jersey as an object lesson in the folly of MAL style governance. It’s an interesting article but I think it draws the wrong conclusion —

the People’s Republic of New Jersey offers America something truly unique: the perfect bad example

A bad example? On the contrary, it shows that with the proper rhetoric and propaganda, a policitical party (the state Democratic Party) can run a state in to the ground economically yet still be successful at the ballot box. The author writes

What governors and citizens alike need most is a growing economy

Uh, no. What governors need is to be re-elected and to accumulate personal wealth and / or power. This may or not be best facilitated by a growing economy. It seems to me that the economic situation in New Jersey clearly shows that in practice those interests can be very divergent.

What’s the matter with Kansas had as its thesis that GOP voters would vote for ideology over pocketbook, but it seems to me that cities and states run by the Democratic Party are very strong evidence that it’s the opposite, with New Jersey as described in this editorial a prime example.

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cjm Tuesday, 06 January 2009 at 14:24

how many rational people do you know? there’s you, and me, and then…

seems like the large majority of people run their lives and make their political choices based on emotion. so i guess in some perverse way, the crooked politicians are giving their constituencies what they actually want. there is a bunch of irony in there somewhere.

Annoying Old Guy Wednesday, 07 January 2009 at 16:14

I was reading someone’s comment from a nearby state about how people flee New Jersey because of the poor governance yet continue to vote for the same policies in the new state. It’s as if they cannot concieve of the causal connection between policy and results, as if the general state of things is simply a non-human determined thing against which policies are enacted. Yet the same people will believe in AGW. It’s bizarre.

erp Wednesday, 07 January 2009 at 19:56

The same syndrome applied in Vermont. People love the rusticity but the first thing they want to do after they get there is “improve” things.

We lived in a town with one narrow two-lane street across the creek in the middle of town that was frequently congested with traffic and at a faculty do someone actually suggested building an overpass to route traffic away.

It was a comical sight watching all the jaws dropping.

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