We hear that Al Gore invented the Internet. Mitt Romney put into place the seeds for the Motor City turnabout.
It sounds sincere maybe because they feel it is sincere. It is sort of like saying you are a fan of small government, but have no responses for what would happen to the hundreds of thousands of people who work in government jobs at all levels. Or perhaps, the current Administration taking crediting for the return of manufacturing jobs but not mentioning they are priced competitively with Southeast Asia — oh, say $14.50 an hour.
Or perhaps, it is like most of us, “tweaking” our tax returns, knowing enough to avoid non-reporting of income, but playing with the deduction entries (not me please) rationalizing we want and need our social security and medicare because, damn it, we paid for it.
OK, so living a lot longer is the luck of the draw and you say it has no impact on “small government?”
Of course you’re wrong but so are the folks across the street who never saw a food stamp plan, or Medicaid enhancement, that they didn’t like or support. And, there are the people living in zip code 90210 who will speak and write eloquently about the “poor”, adopt the obligatory African American, Hispanic, or Asian child, and send him or her and others to private schools, reside in a private enclave in a luxorious neighborhood, and not move a muscle to live in the poorer neighbors shoes or on his street.
But, maybe they think they are right and are ok. Maybe our friends and neighbors up north a way can speak of brotherhood, diversity, write checks to their synogogue or church and get by on that. They can send their kids to private or the best public school, camp in the hills or another more affluent town, and hell, who knows maybe they’re right to feel apathetic. Maybe they are right to look down their patrician noses at the great unwashed down these parts. Maybe they are the Hatfields and we, the McCoys.
They are indeed, apathetic and they support SOPHISTRY! Come on, you know what it means. It is a cool word you look up in school and incorporate its meaning into how you live your days long after you forget the actual meaning of the word.
Al Gore does it, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama as well. You do as well, even if you are mute on politics because, in New Rochelle, Noam Bramson does it with verve, elan, and conviction. You support it knowing perhaps that if Joe the Plumber got elected in his place, he would soon learn how this works and avoid the hard work of putting things right, or doing so at least for now.
Noam is a Sophist because he manages by implied meaning onto matters that many people are crying out for real meaning. He is by no means a bad man. He is today’s man. But, he is not tomorrow’s man — the world is changing and changing rapidly. Old ways do not begin to suffice. As I have said often, we need a New Paradigm of Government and that means a new paradigm of management.
I will come back to this in two future postings. The first, will take a retrospective trip to a time when sophistry was, well, less used or necessary. Posting 1 will cover the language of the City Charter and unless you are literally glued to your armchair or reading the latest Doctorow dissertation on civil liberty or worse, that knucklehead, Grover Norquists simplistic notion of no new taxes, you will have to consider the fundamental question of whether we are well and truly governed according to the language of the Charter.
The second posting will deal with the Management Process as many of us knew and understood it to be. I might modestly update it, but essentially it is what it is and likely will always be. We will discuss Planning, Organizing, Directing and Controlling as non-pedantically as possible, and, hell you can accept or object, it is your equity, family and community involved.
Just remember please — Noam Bramson is not a bad or evil man. He is a product of a time rapidly needing to come to a close. Read it but don’t weep. Just decide if this is your intended future here (if you stay) and your childrens’ heritage.