September 10, 2004

A Counterexample for David Brooks

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at September 10, 2004 10:48 PM

So much blogging on a Friday night! I'm in lab performing a series of long measurements so we can take data over the weekend, so while I wait on the experiment there's nothing to do but blog, blog, blog.

Now the Saturday edition of the NYT Op-Ed page is up, and we have another sort of duality, being advocated by David Brooks. Yes, it's another Red State/Blue State column, only from my perspective it's even more insipid than usual. Brooks' thesis today: People who work with numbers are Republicans, people who work with words are Democrats.

Right, because I can't think of any professions that are heavily Democratic yet work with numbers. Oh, except maybe for scientists. I have a feeling that when he says "numbers" he's referring to the numbers in the bank accounts of those who benefitted from Bush's tax shifts.

On the other hand, some numerate people are concerned by numbers like: record budget deficits, unemployment, over 1,000 American soldiers dead in Iraq... and plenty more.

This is one of those David Brooks columns that starts out completely serious and gradually becomes more and more obviously a joke, so it's hard to tell which parts I should be laughing at and which I should be laughing with. However serious he is, I think Brooks needs to find a new theme.

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