Depending on who you are, your perspective about our federal government will vary. Talk show tv was awash with perspective last night. I just happened to catch these three interviews:
- Limbaugh on Leno
- Michael Moore on Countdown
- Ken Burns on Rachel Maddow
I'll start with the Limbaugh appearance on Jay Leno's show. It was slightly uncomfortable for a number of reasons:
- Leno is too nice.
- Limbaugh actually made sense on one point, GM.
- Limbaugh is cunning but he's not crazy; only his followers are!
- Limbaugh never concedes a point. Wish Obama were more like that.
Rush claims that no govt sponsored programs work and that the govt will control everything we do if we let it. He goes on to discuss capitalism in all its glory. Leno does ask fair questions which are sidestepped by Limbaugh who blames the entire sub prime mortgage fiasco on Clinton, Frank, ACORN and pretty much the entire Democratic party.
Taking the opposite side of the path is Michael Moore who feels more government intervention is the only way to control the corrupted interests of big business. Moore is convinced that capitalism is inconsistent with Christianity and the two cannot coincide.
The most interesting perspective about our government comes from Ken Burns who is making the talk show rounds to launch his newest masterpiece: "The National Parks: America's Best Idea".
Ken Burns is a voice of reason and equanimity in a sea of angst. Can't wait for his show to debut.