Good Will Hunting: The Pilot Episode

So I decided that send-ups of George F Will, conservative columnist and supporter of generally farting about, is a good target for my literary diatribes. I haven’t been following him enough to say at this point what the theme of my attacks against Mr. Will be, precisely speaking, but I think with a little due diligence, I will be able to figure out his pattern enough to churn these responses out fast enough.

I was reading Mr. Will in the gym the other day, going through his column in Newsweek containing his take on what ‘politics as usual’ means. I have to start with giving credit to Georgie that he’s really going all out conservative. He wants government out of everything. And what is worse, he’s convinced, is that as long as government remains involved in any business, it will only serve as an invitation to “special interests” and “lobbyists.”

Of course, what Mr. Will and others of his ilk will never deign to explore is how exactly one is supposed to prevent a government from responding to people’s needs for certain services, and how, in a capitalist economy, a government that is responding to the needs of people, can avoid having to deal with private interests that provide and manage the resources that help supply and fulfill those needs. I know what the response will be — that people should use the private companies’ services directly by paying for them with their own money, and that channeling that money via taxation to a third party that administers this transaction is somehow evil. Unfortunately, the private sector has shown a less than stellar record at maintaining social equity when providing services for fees, or for adequately balancing the long-term benefits of a nation and society at large against the short-term interests of corporate balance sheets.

Government is absolutely necessary and Mr. Will’s impractical burblings about anyone turning their lonely eyes to Coolidge are just comical. I mean, come on, who even remembers what Coolidge did? For good or worse, it’s people in power who pursue action rather than shy away from it who live on in our memories and any one who wishes for a period of political disengagement is simply suffering from misplaced nostalgia.

I hope to have a long association with the fairy tale longings of people like Mr. Will. He serves as convenient grist for my theory mill.


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