Wednesday, March 21 , 2018, 10:12 pm | Overcast 59º


David Harsanyi: The So-Called Cuckoo’s Nest

California's Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman and Nevada's Sharron Angle are all a little, er, out there

Any impartial national media type will tell you as much: A bunch of half-baked zealot nut jobs have emerged from the Republican primary field. Folks such as Nevada’s Sharron Angle and California’s Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman are throwing around frighteningly out-of-step opinions.

David Harsanyi
David Harsanyi

Let’s start with Angle, who believes that it would be prudent — get this — to start defunding the Department of Education. The Department of Education!

You must be aware that the vast majority of Americans were unable to write or use basic arithmetic before the prestigious bureaucracy began operating, in 1980. Over its 30 years of sure-footed guidance, in fact, edumacation standards have improved dramatically and graduation rates have skyrocketed.

Only a wing nut would question the prudence of sinking $50 billion a year into an organization that has taken control incrementally of local education matters and that boasts as its biggest success this time around an erroneously named, stimulus-funded contest: Race to the Top.

The consensus on this matter is clear: N-U-T-S.

Then we have Fiorina, who was once the CEO of Hewlett-Packard — and thus clearly unprepared for political office. Progressive Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson points out that during a recent debate, this radical supported “the right of suspected terrorists on no-fly lists to buy guns.”

The woman is clearly one round short of a full clip, right? No one ever gets on that no-fly list by accident. If you’re in the mainstream, you understand how loony it would be to permit an American citizen who hasn’t committed a crime — or is even accused of a crime, much less suspected of terrorism — to have access to his or her constitutional rights. The folks in Gitmo? That’s another story. And not radical.

Then there’s Whitman. She ran eBay for a while, and now she’s running for governor. Meyerson says she’s out of step with California, as well.

Fortunately, rational Californians have a choice this November. They can keep the state’s economy humming by choosing the more sensible Jerry Brown, a man who once said that “the conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program and we need to cut welfare. Just the opposite! We need more welfare and fewer jobs.”

“More welfare and fewer jobs!” is a great campaign slogan and unequivocally not crazy.

You see, people need more time to relax. People work too hard. And that’s probably why Brown legalized public employee unions in California when he was governor in the magical ‘70s. Look at how great that’s been for the economic health of the state.

Just to recap: Whitman, radical. Brown, awesome.

It’s been quite an education watching the evolution of what are acceptable positions in this country. Also confusing.

If you believe Americans should have some limited ability to make choices — say, in Social Security or the purchase of government-sanctioned health insurance — you are, at best, a latent racist and probably listen to Rush Limbaugh.

If you add $5 billion of debt every day of your presidency — as President Barack Obama has done with the help of Congress since he entered office — you are a contemplative moderate.

If you believe in drilling for more oil, you are at best a wretched boob, at worst a tool of corporate interests.

But if you support the corporate interest of creating a fabricated market for the noncommodity of carbon dioxide so it can be “traded” and taxed to deliberately make energy expensive for citizens ... well, you’ve got some serious smarts.

Or, in other words, sanity is liberal orthodoxy, and the Cuckoo’s Nest is everything else.

David Harsanyi is a columnist at The Denver Post and the author of Nanny State. Click here for more information, or click here to contact him.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >