You Know, I Arrived in Washington in 1993 to Work for Lloyd Bentsen’s Treasury as Part of the Sane Technocratic Bipartisan Center…
And it took me only two months–two months!–to conclude that America’s best hope for sane technocratic governance required the elimination of the Republican Party from our political system as rapidly as possible. Nothing since has led me to question or change that belief–only to strengthen it.
This, apropos of TX governor Rick Perry’s declaration that anything the Federal Reserve might do to bolster the economy would be “almost treasonous.” And speaking of treason, Perry expressed his opposition to Bernanke’s policies by telling an Iowa audience “I don’t know what you’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.”
I don’t know about Iowa, but in the parts of the country where I’ve lived, people didn’t cotton to jokes about lynching government employees. Then again, I never lived in a state that seceded from the Union, nor has my governor ever suggested that secession seemed like a good option in the 21st century. Turns out, as far as political whackjobbery, Kansas wasn’t so bad.