Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Easy and Hard, Redux: Jose Canseco

"Mr. Madison, what you've just said ... is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

Earlier this week, Dan Murphy sent me an article about Jose Canseco's political observations, which mainly revolve around the complete idiocy of a world that allows streetlights to go out, potholes to appear in roads, and restricts right turns on red in certain areas at certain times.  

Mostly, it's funny stuff, but it makes me wish the former slugger could read the entry here about things that are easy and things that are hard.  All kidding and exaggeration aside, the fourth-graders from the Murkland who visited City Hall today have a more profound understanding of the challenges, tradeoffs, and difficulties associated with political decisions than he does (and that's based on the questions they asked, and particularly the follow-up questions).  

To put it in baseball terms, this would be kind of like someone saying, "What's the matter with these guys?  All those millions and even the best ones can only get a base hit 1-in-3 times?  Why don't they just hit the fastballs, not swing at the curveballs and sliders, and hit the ball into the gaps where there aren't any fielders?  Duh!"  

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