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Ed Driscoll

Pretzel Logic

August 27th, 2011 - 2:51 pm

Two posts at Instapundit highlight the circular logic of today’s society. First up, check out this New York Times paragraph, and the text highlighted by Gerard van der Leun on Mayor Bloomberg’s evacuation plans for Hurricane Irene.

Or the lack thereof:

On Friday, city officials issued what they called an unprecedented order for the evacuation of about 370,000 residents of low-lying areas, warning that Hurricane Irene was such a threat that people living there simply had to get out. Officials also made what they said was another first-of-its-kind decision, announcing plans to shut down the city’s entire transit system Saturday — all 468 subway stations and 840 miles of tracks, and the rest of the nation’s largest mass transit network: thousands of buses in the city, as well as the buses and commuter trains that reach from Midtown Manhattan to the suburbs. — Evacuations Ordered in New York as Hurricane Irene Nears – NYTimes.com

Mayor Bloomberg is one America’s most aggressive pushers of the Nanny State — but its escalating costs and concurrent dwindling demographics are rapidly turning it into the Granny State as Glenn Reynolds writes, leading an Insta-reader to ask:

Reader Clifford Grout writes: “Grandparents were often the family safety net before the fall of extended families and the rise of the welfare state. If we’ve come full circle, then… what’s the point of continuing the welfare state? Wondering…”

Empowering politicians and employing bureaucrats, apparently.

Sheesh. All of these double-standards are enough to make you want to find some politics-free entertainment somewhere.

Say, what’s on ESPN?

Related: “Hurricane Irene closes in on quiet, anxious NYC.”

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