Friday, August 09, 2013

Amazing Op-Ed in WAPO

Even by the standards of the craven, screed-vending WaPo this is amazing. Excerpt:

By now, even the economics profession concedes that our openness to the developing world — call it the Global South — has played a role in depressing the incomes of U.S. workers...But how much of this problem originates in the Global South and how much in the American South?...In the northern system, workers have more rights and higher incomes. In Dixie, they have fewer rights and lower incomes...When it wants to slum, business still goes to the South...[I]f the federal government wants to build a fence that keeps the United States safe from the dangers of lower wages and poverty and their attendant ills — and the all-round fruitcakery of the right-wing white South — it should build that fence from Norfolk to Dallas. There’s nothing wrong with a fence, so long as you put it in the right place.

Nod to Kevin Lewis for the find. Some observations:

1.  Look, y'all:  we tried to leave.  You wouldn't let us.  We tried and TRIED to leave.  'Til Stoneman's cavalry* came, and tore up the tracks again... Now I don't mind choppin' wood, and I don't care if the money's no good. Take what you need and leave the rest, But they should never have taken the very best.   You had your chance, ya Yankee S.O.B.  Now you are stuck with us.

2.  If you build the wall where this guy says he wants it, he'll keep OKLAHOMA and (most of) ARKANSAS.  In the part he loves, and respects as being liberal and progressive.  I don't think Mr. Myerson gets out much, frankly.  Maybe we should draw big paint lines on the state boundaries, so he can actually learn some geography from his window seat at 30,000 feet, flying back and forth to Portland or San Francisco.  Problem is that Mr. Myerson's wall will have to start at Baltimore, I think.  And just like in the war, DC will be surrounded by hostiles.

3.  "Even the economics profession"?  Seriously?  Mr. Myerson actually advertises his ideology as a qualification, a reason you should admire him.  In his world, at least.

*Corrected.  I had Joan Baez's version in my head.  She said "so much cavalry..."  The above lyric is the original.  If you want to know...
Or...
If you want to watch...gives me chills.

13 comments:

Prison Rodeo said...

That's not even the nuttiest major-news-outlet rant THIS WEEK:

http://www.businessinsider.com/companies-need-to-pay-people-more-2013-8

Jeff said...

No wonder the parent company is dumping the newspaper for a box of nothing.

Jim D. said...

There's no surer way to make me want to slap you than to drop the catty trope that "right to work" is a euphemistic oxymoron. Because the opposite of "right to work" is to be coerced into something.

Which auto plant would you rather have as your employer or neighbor right now? A shuttered Oldsmobile plant in Michigan or a vibrant Honda plant in Georgia? Slumming indeed. Dimwits.

BR said...

How soon can we get this wall up, and can we put another one across south Florida?

John said...

Speaking of Florida...

"What we need is A RIVER!... A river of freedom!"

Anonymous said...

There is a wall, it's called the NLRB, and it's why Boeing isn't allowed to open a factory here. You'd think it would be wrong to tax our automakers to bail out the corrupt Detroit establishment, but that's how you "honor the president".

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W.E. Heasley said...

Harold and the Purple Crayon ,The Mason-Dixon Line, globalization, workers rights and walls all converge to create a grand notional proposition argued through the particular verbal virtuosity of one Harold Meyerson. How very nice indeed!

Problem is, Mr. Meyerson’s north-south tirade, which points to two separate areas which are clearly defined as the north and south within the U.S., alludes to the Mason-Dixon Line as the historical boundary. Harold wants the survey line, known as the Mason-Dixon, to become a wall which Harold, crayon in hand, draws from Norfolk, Virginia to Dallas, Texas.

What about the historical reason for the now historical boundary? As the facts would have it, the Mason-Dixon Line was about individual property rights, of the real estate variety, between the Calvert and the Penn families beginning in 1682 and ending in 1750 with a compromise.

As luck would have it, the Mason-Dixon line was never finished. Really? Yep, the four year surveying expedition came up 36 miles short of its final destination. Enter Harold and his crayon. Harold has gone back to October 9, 1767 and has resurveyed and completed what Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon began but could never finish.

http://geography.about.com/od/politicalgeography/a/masondixon.htm

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doclawson said...

I live in Dallas. I hope we're on the south side of this idiot's fence!

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