from the 05 september 2005 entry
at the brilliant how to learn swedish in 1000 difficult lessons
«...the federal government's lethal ineptitude wasn't just a consequence of mr bush's personal inadequacy; it was a consequence of ideological hostility to the very idea of using government to serve the public good. for 25 years the right has been denigrating the public sector, telling us that government is always the problem, not the solution. why should we be surprised that when we needed a government solution, it wasn't forthcoming?» ~paul krugman, the new york times
this really gets to the kern[e]l of what is wrong with america: americans have been tricked into thinking that the government shouldn't exist to protect their interests.
the swedish word for the day is bestörtning. it means dismay.