Thursday, October 22, 2009

George Will is Turning Into Grandpa Simspon


Read his opening two paragraphs. The biggest distinction between George and Abe1 is that he wraps his rambling digression into his larger point - but one suspect's it's just a matter of time before we're reading "there are too many states nowadays. Please eliminate three".... For that matter, Will's comments on scientific issues are already often as nonsensical as Grandpa Abe's various rambles.

It's a terrific way to bury a decent point (the questionable $250 Social Security bonus checks being sent to seniors) in colorful historical anecdotes and angry fist-waving. Really, Will could have just written, "This type of giveaway will turn Social Security, a program I've always regarded as a welfare program, into a welfare program" - the rest is padding.
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1. While we're sort of on the subject, is it just me or does Dr. Nick bear a striking resemblance to Ross Douthat?

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