Tuesday, July 15, 2008
With apologies to both Dr. Mayer, my art history teacher, and the great Caspar David Friedrich.
Bush's press conference today offered this ditty: "I'm not an economist, but I do believe we're growing," he said. "I'm an optimist. I believe there's a lot of positive things for the economy."
He's proclaimed his sunny optimism at various junctures in the past. Just how a happy disposition has any effect on reality I don't know, but I'm reminded of the time years ago when a young man tried to convince me that solipsism was a legitimate metaphysical idea. When I offered to bust him in the head by way of rebuttal, he grew very quiet.