Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Word Play

In another fascinating example of how the web dramatically reduces information costs, here's a New York Times feature that allows you to cull through Bush's last seven SOTUs for different words.

For example, last night Bushy used the word "climate" once. This is the first, last, and ONLY time he's done so. But, I guess that's really not all that surprising. He's had much bigger words to focus on pronouncing and fear mongering...

Word: 2001/02/03/04/05/06/07
Iraq: 0/2/21/24/27/16/34
Terror: 1/34/21/20/27/20/22
War: 2/13/13/12/5/2/11

Alternative Fuels: 0/0/0/0/0/0/2
Balanced Budget: 1/0/1/0/0/0/0
Climate Change: 0/0/0/0/0/0/1

And Scalia wants us to move on from Bush v. Gore? The course of world history forever shifted when the Court decided that Floridian ballots ought not to be recounted.


At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Megan W said...

It's said that our priorities/values lie where we spend our money. Clearly its not shocking that the word count would be so low pertaining to any environmental issues at this time. Canadians have recently pressed their conservative PM and have made it clear to him that the environment is their most important issue at this time given the lack of winter (yes, it's true, humans are a very short sighted group jumping from issue to issue depending on its immediacy at the moment). PM Harper has since been back-pedaling and pumping out some midterm initiatives but only because he was pressed hard. Bush upon some recent pressure has recently laid out an environmental plan that is conveniently situated in the latter part of his term so he'll never have to follow through. The next office will piggyback the necessary costs. To be fair to Bush though, the American public at large has not forced him to see the environment as a priority.

At 11:37 AM, Blogger SLS2L(@YLS) said...

There is no clearer example of public choice theory's contribution to understanding policy than polluting the environment. The harm suffered is dispersed generally and globally. To the average American, worrying about climate change is a luxury compared to the more immediate harms of lack of health care and income inequality. The benefits to polluters, on the other hand, in continuing their pillaging practices are immense and worth the millions in lobby fees they shill out to preserve the status quo.

By the way, nice hearing from you!


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