Monday, October 22, 2012

Recommended Reading

It's no great shock that the editorial board of The New Yorker has endorsed President Obama for re-election. However, one thing their lengthy and expansive overview of the choice driving this election does underscore is my issue with disheartened Obama supporters choosing -- however nobly -- to sit the election out in a "pox on both their houses" pique. Check out the contrasting visions for where the two tickets are likely to take the country and see why this choice matters:
The Romney-Ryan ticket represents a constricted and backward-looking vision of America: the privatization of the public good. In contrast, the sort of public investment championed by Obama—and exemplified by both the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Affordable Care Act—takes to heart the old civil-rights motto “Lifting as we climb.” That effort cannot, by itself, reverse the rise of inequality that has been under way for at least three decades. But we’ve already seen the future that Romney represents, and it doesn’t work.
It certainly doesn't. There's a whole heckuvalot more here. Read it all.

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