hard heads soft hearts

a scratch pad for half-formed thoughts by a liberal political junkie who's nobody special. ''Hard Heads, Soft Hearts'' is the title of a book by Princeton economist Alan Blinder, and tends to be a favorite motto of neoliberals, especially liberal economists.

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Friday, June 14, 2002
I was with you until I read these assinine sentences.
You probably wrote them because you needed to
rationalize to yourself that you have intellectual
integrity. One of Reagan's chief lies was a mythical
welfare queen who had 5 addresses and had bilked the
taxpayers for a 150k. How this promotes America's
greatness can be left to your fertile imagination. And
Gore didn't *blame* the father. He explained what
happened. And the father is on Gore's side on this. If
it had been Bush you all would have no problem
smearing the school principal as an incompetent
bureaucrat. And your argument that Reagan was too
stupid to know better is silly. It makes little
difference whether a person can't think, won't think,
or merely feigns the credulity of a child.

"Gore's defenders bring up Ronald Reagan's fibs as a
counter-argument. And, yes, Ronald Reagan made up some
nice stories about America which turned out to be
factually untrue. But most of Reagan's sometimes
mythical parables got to the heart of America's
greatness. And, not insignificantly, Ronald Reagan by
all accounts believed these stories were true. Al
Gore, first of all, either knows his stories are lies
or simply doesn't care. Secondly, his stories do not
celebrate the virtues of a self-reliant America, they
foment paranoia about run-amok corporations and demand
an expansion in an overweening Federal bureaucracy.

Getting back to the jerk factor, what happened when
Gore was criticized for something that he does all the
time? He blamed others. He said it was the fault of
the girl's father that he got the facts wrong about
the Sarasota high school. "