How to “fix America”? By fixing America’s problems, of course.
I’m not sure if anyone in my readership ever bothers to read Anthony Mirhaydari, but since he is a writer for MSN (why do I torture myself with this site?), he surely has a wide readership. Unfortunately, he also pumps out some of the most useless hackery I have ever seen in the financial press. Take his article “7 Ways to Fix America” for example.
The first page of the article contains nothing but logorrhea on Mirhaydari’s part, which is understandable given that the meat of his column is mere repetition of a McKinsey policy report. I suppose when all you are doing is ripping off a think tank and calling it “journalism,” you have to pad your word count somehow. So let’s go ahead and skip to the second page. It is, after all, where the true idiocy starts.
So how can we fix America? Well according to this journalistic gem, the first is step is to “fix health care and education.” Really? So in order to fix things, we need to fix them? You don’t say!
So how do we go about this feat? According to Mirhaydari:
We need increased competitiveness, better use of technology, better management and new ways to think about how we pay for health care services to better align incentives and control costs.
Well that solves it.
Apparently the next thing we need to do is “increase innovation,” which can probably be accomplished over the weekend. You know, right after we fix education. Among Mirhaydari’s genius ideas are pouring taxpayers’ money into “alternative energy,” which might as well be called “a giant black hole.”
“Expanding clean energy tax credits” is a solution that, in addition to not being a solution, will cause its own wide-ranging set of problems. Does anyone really believe that innovation is fostered by making the tax code more complicated?
The article goes on and on with one obvious “solution” after another, replete with suspect research, piss-poor statistics, and so little elaboration that one wonders whether Mirhaydari pounded the article out during his last bathroom break. Granted, there’s a sop to reality at the end:
I realize these steps may make the solutions to tough problems sound too easy.
But then we get the idiocy right back on track:
But they’re also exactly what America needs to get back on track and create the jobs of the future, and they’re more than Congress or the White House has put out lately.
The simple fact is that until these structural issues are fixed and productivity bounces back, economic growth will disappoint.
And that’s the conclusion. So according to Mirhaydari, all we need to do to fix things is fix things. My God, man! Do you even have an editor?