A nation of dodos


From Mark Steyn:

His Genius Is Wasted On You

The United States is too dumb to thrive:

Absolutely amazing poll results from CNN today about the $787* stimulus package: nearly three out of four Americans think the money has been wasted. On second thought, they may be right: it’s been wasted on them.

That’s what it says at the time of writing, by the way: a $787 stimulus package. Presumably Joe Klein’s editors will get around to correcting that at some point, but just for the record let me say that I would have been all in favor of a $787 stimulus package. At any rate, Mr. Klein concludes with two “thoughts”:

So, two thoughts:

1. The Obama Administration has done a terrible job explaining the stimulus package to the American people . . . especially since there have been very few documented cases of waste so far.

2. This is yet further evidence that Americans are flagrantly ill-informed . . . and, for those watching Fox News, misinformed.

It is very difficult to have a democracy without citizens. It is impossible to be a citizen if you don’t make an effort to understand the most basic activities of your government. It is very difficult to thrive in an increasingly competitive world if you’re a nation of dodos.

Having elected the Smartest Administration of All Time, the Obammysoxers are understandably drawn to the notion that the problem right now is that you knuckledragging rubes are too dumb to understand all he’s done for you. If I were Mr. Klein, though, I’d surely be smart enough to wonder if stating it quite so explicitly is really the way to go.

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