Monday, January 22, 2007

My Mom?

In this fairly interesting article on "rescuing" ( warning! Luntzspeak) the Social Security system, Grover Norquist gives me a little grist for my feminist mill:

It is, in short, a polarized debate, and likely to become all the more so as the parties head into the 2008 election. On left and right, advocacy groups are watching for any signs of a flinch. Grover Norquist, the antitax conservative, said he was vocally making a pre-emptive case against any payroll tax increase, although he had been assured by the president in December that he would hold the line.

Still, Mr. Norquist added, it is simply too dangerous to walk into negotiations with the Democrats without explicitly ruling out tax increases. "Mom didn't want you to have girls at the house after 10, not because she didn't trust you, but because she thought it was unwise," he said.

Bolded it for your amusement.

It's not a biggie, but a good example of the many, many examples I've been given to elucidate various concepts in economics and statistics and politics. Examples which assume I'm a heterosexual man (or a lesbian but that is not the assumption here).