12.28.2005

JC speaks out

i stole this from here, thanks to ray. "It's got to be hard for you as an ex-President, with the customary code of conduct that you're not supposed to be too critical. Is that a tough balancing act for you?" "Yes. Yes. There are some seminal changes that are being made in the basic policy of my country with which I disagree. There are some people that really believe that to remove taxation from the rich is the right way for this country to go. There are people who really believe that preemptive war is the right way for America to exert its foreign-policy influence. There are people who really believe that endangered species ought not to be protected because it might inhibit economic development. There are people who really believe that a minimum wage of half as much as it is in most developed countries is the right way for our country to be. But the American people have not yet decided which direction the country should go." --Jimmy Carter

3 Comments:

Blogger 3rp said...

e, if you have not yet, you should read "Our Endangered VAlues" by JC (in all your spare time...har...). It's a concise and well written summary of all the ways Dubya is raping our country and pillaging our reputation on the world stage.

Of course, he's a lot nicer than that...but it's not like he pulls any punches.

My primary critique of the book is that (as in so many things) it's easier to spot a problem than to propose a solution. "Solution" is the area which is lightest/most neglected in the book.

12/28/2005 4:52 PM  
Blogger Seth said...

There is an article in this month's Harper's spelling out why Bill Clinton should be the new Secretary General of the United Nations.

The short reason is that who else could singlehandedly end American apathy while at the same time sustaining the respect of the international community.

Thoughts? I was pretty presuaded by it... check it out in your elusive 'free time.'

12/28/2005 8:17 PM  
Blogger e said...

seth---thanks for the heads-up. I get Harpers and it will be nice to actually read it in the week off that I have left.

1/01/2006 5:25 PM  

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