Socio-Political Discussion of the Day
From the Comments section of Greg Burgas' review of recent titles at"Are Comics Good?":
May 31, 2008 at 1:00 pm
... Maybe it’s just that the reality of matters is that what Bruce Wayne DOES do with his money is more effective than anything else he can do with it. As reality since the 1960s shows, throwing money at social problems just doesn’t work. If it did, the trillions we’ve spent on the War on Poverty since the Lyndon Johnson days would have cleaned up the ghettos a long time ago instead of making them worse.
May 31, 2008 at 1:41 pm
Absolutely. Who needs social programs when we can just take a single guy, dress him up like a bat, and send him to beat up people who do bad things?
Seriously, T, it’s well-known that Johnson’s War of Poverty was what’s called an “unfunded mandate”–meaning that we threw lots of laws at social problems, but very little actual money. Go talk to just about any charity, any social aid program, anyone who’s actually working to reduce poverty and ask them, “Say, do you feel like you’re adequately funded?” You will get a long, detailed, hands-on lecture full of facts about exactly how big the gap is between what we think we spend and what we actually spend on social problems.
May 31, 2008 at 1:56 pm
However underfunded social programs may be, consider that the U.S. has spent NOT A SINGLE DOLLAR on dressing up people like bats and letting them hit people. It’s never been tried. So, basically, we have no idea if that would work better in real life.