Monday, June 24, 2013

Hooray For The Meritocracy!

Right now, I'm listening to David Brooks' Bobos in Paradise. Well, off and on. Mostly off. Brooks' chief claim at the beginning of the book is that during the 1960s and 70s America went from a hereditary ruling class to a meritocracy by changing the entrance requirements of our best colleges, and then, most of the rest.

Harvard and Yale, you see, used to give preference to the children of it's alumni. So that means we have the SAT test to blame for things like this.
Senator Bob Corker issued a statement on Sunday to clarify that 1,100 pages of the immigration bill have been public since May.
Corker added another 117 pages to it recently, bringing the total to 1,200 pages.

Back in the days of the American aristocracy, when legislators wore powdered wigs and all sounded like Thurston Howell III as they spoke to each other, President Eisenhower signed the Interstate Highway Act  into law to build our freeways.

It's 3 pages long.

Thank God for our meritocracy. Just think what might be happening now if we lived in those bad old days.

Thank goodness we don't live under these people any more and instead, live under the brilliant rule of a genuine meritocracy.

1 comment:

Jedi Master Ivyan said...

If you want to hide funding for the promotion of casinos in the bill, it better be hundreds of pages long.

I mean, those poor casinos have been wandering through the desert and no one visits them.