Tuesday, January 23, 2007

State of the Rich Union

Best comment so far on President Bush's State of the Union address:

"Once you live in a rich democracy like the U.S., it's pretty much all gravy. The fights over income inequality, national health insurance, immigration policy, and so forth, all take place within a remarkably narrow range of national well-being, compared to the variance that currently exists around the globe.

A big government health care system may cause your happiness to vary by a percent or so from this mean (which direction depends on your political persuasion), but it will not bring you within a few orders of magnitude of a peasant farmer living on the edge of starvation in Darfur. This brings me a certain equanimity when watching the successive presidents deliver their speeches."

The Economist blog Free Exchange.


At 1/24/2007 6:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read the economist.com article and I agree the speech was "light", "GEORGE BUSH has just given State of the Union address, which was remarkably light on its purported subject." Light yes, compared to his State of the Union address January 29, 2002: "In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush likens Iraq, Iran and North Korea to an 'axis of evil'".


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