You Can’t Eat Books

Americans yearn for a political economy that structures government to serve its real world needs; needs like internal and external security and the ability to take their labor, skills, and knowledge into the market and create income so that they can feed their families.

My daddy, the original Alton Drew, used to say you can’t eat books. He was right, which is why the over intellectualizing from the left and their focus on silly issues like saving the snowy owl gets on the last nerves of millions of Americans. Not that the right does any better with its cheap skate position on austerity. A society can’t grow unless it invests.

Time for a third way….and a no-party system.

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to You Can’t Eat Books

  1. Ken Ciszewski says:

    Strangely enough, the problem with the liberals and the “snowy owl” syndrome is something like the rigidity shown by conservatives on many issues. Liberals too often take the position that the “snowy owl” (pick any number of other causes) is worth saving regardless of costs or real benefits.

    The US military industry uses a concept called “life cycle cost” when designing things like jet fighter planes (and lots of other things). After clearly defining the mission of the jet fighter, there is an analysis of the total costs, benefits, and risks from the time the product is conceived until it is finally mothballed when superseded by something else. This analysis includes the costs and logistics of deploying, maintaining, repairing, upgrading, etc. We need to do the same thing with environmental issues (the “snowy owl”).

    Nothing is risk free, nor can it be made so. Admittedly, we really don’t know what will happen if we let the “snowy owl” become extinct, and there have been cases where a certain environmental niche has been seriously unbalanced by the extinction of a particular species. That said, that doesn’t mean we should preserve every species at any cost.

    This concept applies to social, political, and business issues as well. We need to apply “book learning” and lots of careful analysis in the course of making decisions, all the time realizing that we cannot know everything, nor can we know all the causes and effects involved. We will likely be surprised no matter what the decision. At some point, it’s time to decide and implement.

    Thinking is hard work. Someone once wrote that the brain is an “emergency organ that only kicks in when our more habitual responses don’t work” (something like that). We need to think more, and more critically, about many serious issues.

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