2 Responses to Here’s Mud In Your Eye

  1. TokyoTom March 3, 2009 at 6:46 am #

    Roderick, there’s actually a big difference between Seeger’s allegorical song and LBJ/Vietnam, Bush/Iraq and Obama/Stimulus: in the song, the captain has his own skin in the game as well as that of the platoon, and pays the ultimate price (while everyone else escapes). But in these other situations our leaders transfer real costs and risks to us, with little personal at stake save reputation. Even more, in some cases – like Bush/Iraq – it is clear that the whole escapade is an exercise in fleecing the country for the benefit of insiders.

    • Roderick March 3, 2009 at 7:01 pm #

      I think that was wish fulfillment on Seeger’s part.

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