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more jobs… fewer snakes…

I was too sleepy to write this post last night while I was watching Jon Stewart skewer politicians but this was one of his memorable quotes.

If the context seems a little hard to grasp, well, that is part of the message.  The reference was to the vague quality of the Republican candidates plans for the economy and the future of the country.

The statement above refers to Mitt Romney’s plea for more jobs.  Since he hasn’t the supplied the details as to how he plans to get those jobs, Jon quipped that the Republican platform reads like a letter to Santa Claus.  Most people would also ask Santa for fewer snakes…

While making fun of Republicans is a form of sport for Jon (like shooting guns at moving targets is for Republican NRA members), the digs at Mitt’s lack of details on how to create those jobs was juxtaposed with a Bill Clinton talkin’ about arithmetic.

Nothing warms my heart more than a man who says “do the math.”   I think that’s why I am always falling for brainiac engineers 🙂

I realize most people hate math.  I love math.  But I also love logic.  And facts.  And apparently I like Bill Clinton a lot more than I realized 🙂

I was working every minute or living overseas when Clinton was President so I really didn’t know enough about what he was doing to have an opinion.  But his moral compass seemed a bit questionable and I had just assumed he was swarmy and unimpressive.

But I gotta say I was impressed!  Bill’s charm is totally lost on me.  He’s the dude I would leave sitting at the bar after I had excused myself to the bathroom and then snuck out when he wasn’t looking…  But he is smart!  And one of the best politicians in modern history.

Bill actually talked facts!  He quoted numbers.  He made the Republicans look like ill-informed jerks.  And I am pretty neutral.  I don’t get to vote for the President.  And I think the United States of America would be a far better country if they knew how to count in Florida and Gore had put  Bush into the place in history he really deserved.

Being part of the nerdy minority who thinks intelligence, honour and compassion are the critical elements to a civilization and the tenets to which every citizen should strive, it is painful to watch the Fox News clips on The Daily Show.  I really should have brought that up with Rupert when we were in the same elevator… but he hadn’t created that atrocity yet…

What is more sexy than a smart guy with a big vocabulary – who actually knows how to use those words properly in a sentence? 😉  God bless Jon Stewart.  He gives me faith that there is still intelligent life in the USA.  I fall in love with him a little more all the time.  Don’t tell his wife 😉  But watch him!  Shockingly, you will actually learn stuff.  And he will make it fun.  That’s why he has all those Emmys 🙂

Comments on: "more jobs… fewer snakes…" (2)

  1. They are MANY intelligent life in USA…. Unlike Canada, USA has a two party system and one of those two parties (ie the republican party) has been hijack by the extreme elements of their party (ie the tea party for example ) and they will lose in this election. Avg American cannot relate to a guy who paid 13% income tax rate ( mitt ) ….. Mark my word, Obama will pull this out and it not even be a close one…..

    • I do agree! I was actually just having yet another great conversation at the hairstylist where we were talking about this post before I wrote it. I am one of those Canadians who goes around pointing out HOW MANY smart Americans there are. I think Liam nailed it though… the question isn’t how many smart people there are in the USA, especially in the metropolitan centers… but whether they actually take the time to vote. I used to be one of the guilty when my address changed all the time and I didn’t have easy voter registration. But if you care about democracy – and all the good things it can bring – you have to vote. I have even started voting in municipal elections. And if my hairstylist ever runs for office, he has my vote. Believe me, he is the kind of guy you would want to elect. I know far too much about the Tea Party… and at heart I might even be a Republican… why I am also in love with Aaron Sorkin and “The Newsroom.” The post is called “I’m Civilizing You.” What a concept 🙂

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