February 10, 2006
|Who You Gonna Believe?||Politics|
At the end of a column at Salon that looks at the importance of a highly educated populace in the 21st century and Bush's announced initiative to boost support for R&D and education, Andrew Leonard makes an arresting point:
[T]he truly odd thing is that when the leaders of China, who are not in the least bit accountable to the people and have no love for a free press or dissent of any kind, pledge to vastly increase spending on R&D and continue to upgrade their educational systems, I believe every word. But when the President of my own country addresses his citizens and makes bold promises, I don't buy it for a second.
And of course he's right. Any one of us would have the same reaction. Astonishing, when you think about it. That it's come to this.