Editorial in today's Daily Oklahoman

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From: "Robert Waldrop"

The editorial page of the Daily Oklahoman noticed Y2k today.

"Doomsday Doubts: Are Y2k forecasts 2B believed? Doomsday Doubts: Are Y2k Forecasts 2B Believed?

The sum of the editorial's "evidence" is a headline in the Wall Street Journal: "Y2k: Apocalypse Not." Well, I certainly hope all these smart folks making all these "bump in the road" predictions are right. But we have to just take their word for it, as this state's media -- led by the Daily Oklahoman -- have done little more than uncritically report press releases from big corporations and politicians. They've been more like Izvestia and Pravda in the old Soviet Union than independent defenders of the common good. I always thought that the First Amendment levied responsibilities as well as rights, but I guess down at the Daily Oklahoman they prefer to take the rights but forget the concomittant responsibilities.

Congressman Horn's website still lists Medicaid and food stamps as non-y2k compliant. The state's Y2k task force says that Medicaid and food stamps are fine. Is Horn's chart therefore just politics? Chopped liver? What?

We won't find the answer to this question in the Oklahoman. That paper and its owners wouldn't waste any tears on those programs anyway. Their general attitude towards the poor is that we should do everything we can to make life as miserable as possible for them so that they will thereby be encouraged to leave the state. If the food stamp program did go down due to a Y2k problem, the Daily Oklahoman would probably run an editorial rejoicing that a bunch of lazy people will thereby be encouraged to work harder.

I think G.K. Chesterton's quote from an earlier era is relevant:

"It is easy enough to say the cultured man should be the crowd's guide, philosopher and friend. Unfortunately, he has nearly always been a misguiding guide, a false friend and a very shallow philosopher. And the actual catastrophes we have suffered, have not in historical fact been due to the prosaic practical people who are supposed to know nothing, but almost invariably to the highly theoretical people who knew that they knew everything. The world may learn by its mistakes; but they are mostly the mis takes of the learned."

Robert Waldrop ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Archbishop Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House, Oklahoma City Justice and peace meditations on the daily lectionary readings

-- robert waldrop (rmwj@soonernet.com), December 12, 1999


Thank you robert.

I wish that the Santa Clara Jesuits were as aware as you are.

-- Helium (Heliumavid@yahoo.com), December 12, 1999.

Good job Robert!

-- Hokie (nn@va.com), December 12, 1999.

And I'll wager a drachma that the 'Daily Okie' never reports on fraud in your state government. There probably isn't any. But thanks for the liturgy-keyed meditations: pax to you, Robert.

-- Spidey (free@last.Amen), December 13, 1999.

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