Thanks to people who actually live in New York, the rest of us know — or should know — that it’s not a mosque, and its proposed site is not at Ground Zero.
And people who actually live in New York have approved the thing — more than once — which ought to count for something with the rest of us, although it’s not easy to tell.
Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have piped up about this unless New York had actually said no to the cultural center, which would have been a bigger story — and rightly so — than the current flap, but it bothers me to see, for example, an irrelevant hairpiece like Newt Gingrich get airtime to be dishonest about the place.
It’s another distraction from the real problems on our plate: no money, no jobs, and an out-of-power party that wants to keep it that way for political gain. Extend unemployment benefits? More stimulus? “Oh, you can’t spend your way out of depression.” Sure you can. I’ve done it lots of times. It was easier before Tower Records closed, but I still manage.
“But the deficit!” What about it? It was there before you pretended to notice it (thanks for the wars, by the way), it’s not caused by retirees getting Social Security, or jobless people collecting benefits, and we’ll dig out of it as we put people back to work. Don’t make this harder than it already is.
There, I feel better now. And for a pithier take, try Tom Tomorrow.