Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Today’s Required Reading-Thomas Frank in “How Dysfunction Helps the GOP”

If you haven’t read Thomas Frank it’s time to start.  My father introduced me to him by suggesting I read “What’s the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America.”   It’s an amazing analysis of how Conservatives were able to turn Kansas, which was arguably the most radically liberal state in the Union 100 years ago, into the reddest of the red states.  I can’t recommend this book enough. 

Frank also writes a column for the Wall Street Journal.  Today’s piece discusses the Conservative “Government can’t do anything right” position.  Even though most Government blunders happen under GOP watch (Frank uses Katrina as an example), that doesn’t stop them from effectively arguing that there is no way Government could run something as complicated as health insurance.

It’s a great read and your assignment for today.

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