Sunday, February 20, 2011

If You Build it , they will--What?

Somebody is hacking Andrew Samwick's blog:
New Hampshire Public Radio ran a story yesterday about Governor Lynch's request that hospitals in the state stop building new facilities. Normally, governors never miss an opportunity to encourage new business in their state, because in most markets, greater investment leads to better services or lower prices.
Does Samwick believe that?  Does anybody?  Isn't the history of statecraft the chronicle of costly and vainglorious monuments to the narcissistic folly of the leading elite?  Isn't the planet just littered with this stuff?  And at a more tawdry level, isn't the disease of modern health care rooted (at least in part) in the wretched excesses of overbuilding that we inflicted on ourselves under Hill-Burton.

Ah well, I suppose the pyramids did provide employment for bricklayers.    And did their bit for tourism.
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things.
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away

1 comment:

Ken Houghton said...

Every once in a while, Samwick apparently goes off his meds--I suspect SAD; see below--and decides that channeling Pete Davis will make CG&G more, not less, readable.

This apparently is one of those weeks, where this was the sanest of his three posts. (The other two applaud two Governors who made "hard choices"—the first thing they did was cut taxes on those most able to pay them. If that's his definition of a "hard choice," he clearly learned logic and economics from Humpty Dumpty.)

Usual, the fever passes when Dartmouth becomes closer to livable.