Friday, September 24, 2004

Work Long, Work Hard and Work Stupid

When Nicholas von Hoffman gets royally pissed off, he's in a league all his own. This week's column in New York Observer on American docility is absolutely 100 percent priceless. This is bile of the highest order.

"People are chumps in the first place, and their life experience has been that they could borrow their way out of their problems. In a zero-interest, no-down-payment world, even a candidate with the eloquence that John Kerry lacks might not be able to make people believe that life is tightening around them. But Mr. Kerry ends every speech with a promise that he can make it better when people ought to be told that they are hanging on by their fingernails, whether they know it or not."

And here's this:

"The American motto must be: Work long, work hard and work stupid. People brag about the hours they put in. In most circles, the highest compliment you can pay someone is to say that so-and-so has a good work ethic or a blue-collar mentality. Never mind that the person is as dumb as a post: These richly praised and underpaid dopes work their butts off while taking a slight pay cut every month, even as the people on top are being paid 100 or even 200 times as much money for running the company into the ground. Although increasingly incompetent American upper management holds the key to our collective and individual future well-being, nary a grumble can be heard."

As David Byrne once put it: "Goo Goo Ga Ga Ga. Goo Goo Ga Ga Ga."

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