The Electric Commentary

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Arnold Kling

on Feeling v. Thinking:

Although many people remember President Clinton as saying "I feel your pain," many economists recall policies of his Administration (in which Blinder played a role) that were based on thinking. Support for NAFTA, fiscal restraint, and welfare reform all ran counter to the "feeling" wing, which holds sway over the Democratic Party today.

I believe that the Republican Party also is dominated at the moment by its "feeling" wing, which puts issues like the Schiavo case on the front burner. Each party's feeling wing believes so firmly in its own rectitude that it is intolerant of those who disagree. To a skeptic, these wings appear to be anything but "warm" or "tactful."


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