Here’s the background: No. 1 is “Idiocracy: It’s Not Just a Movie Any More,” an initial broadside against the Tea Party-ites who (fanatically and destructively, in my view) have managed to defund the Export-Import Bank. No. 2 is “When Is It Fair to Call a Policy Position Idiotic?,” a response from readers flustered by No. 1’s harsh tone.
Now several readers with a different angle—namely, that we’re seeing another front in the Boomers-against-the-world generational struggle. Let’s start with this one:
[The original] Ex-Im bank piece made perfect sense to me. I’ve been in international trade the last 10 years or so. You are completely correct regarding both mercantilist policies and the idiocy of some of the right-wing blather about them.
I wonder, is this more an overall generational issue than anything else? Specifically, I think these policies may be an effort on the part of Baby Boomers to get theirs while the getting is still good, meaning while they are young enough to benefit from policies but old enough that the bill will effectively not come due during their lives.