November 10, 2012
MORE IMPORTANTLY, HE DOESN'T GET THE MODERN ECONOMY:
The Party of Work (DAVID BROOKS, 11/08/12, NY Times)
The Pew Research Center does excellent research on Asian-American and Hispanic values. Two findings jump out. First, people in these groups have an awesome commitment to work. By most measures, members of these groups value industriousness more than whites.Second, they are also tremendously appreciative of government. In survey after survey, they embrace the idea that some government programs can incite hard work, not undermine it; enhance opportunity, not crush it.Moreover, when they look at the things that undermine the work ethic and threaten their chances to succeed, it's often not government. It's a modern economy in which you can work more productively, but your wages still don't rise. It's a bloated financial sector that just sent the world into turmoil. It's a university system that is indispensable but unaffordable. It's chaotic neighborhoods that can't be cured by withdrawing government programs.For these people, the Republican equation is irrelevant. When they hear Romney talk abstractly about Big Government vs. Small Government, they think: He doesn't get me or people like me.
It';s especially peculiar that a guy who built his fortune on making companies more efficient by cutting deadwood jobs should have been so confused about the job numbers.Posted by Orrin Judd at November 10, 2012 9:25 AM