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13 July 2009

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Noah Webster

Sir,

You say, "People can be so resourceful when they have a surplus of something (former U.S. President George. W. Bush might want to take note)."

Is mindless anti-Americanism a family trait?

David Eldon

An interesting "take" on family traits.
Paul has responded as follows:
"I am not sure what constitutes "mindless" in the view of the commentator, when one uses facts. My comments related to the judicious use of surpluses. The fact is that when George Bush came to power in 2000 his predecessor, Mr Clinton, had announced a record surplus of US$236bn. While Mr Bush was still in power but President Obama was still President-elect, the deficit was US$438bn. Also a record.
So in my opinion, which is obviously not an opinion shared by the commentator, this is not really mindless anti-Americanism but a statement of fact. Anyway, I am sure that readers will make up their own minds, as to "mindless" over "fact"."

Noah Webster

Sir,

You are right and I am wrong. The term "mindless" is inapt. The word "casual" or "offhand" more closely captures my intended meaning.

David Eldon

I am currently hosting in my home, for two weeks, 5 Americans from the deep South which, with my wife, makes 6. They are of mixed political persuasions and strong opinions. Well - and of course they are biased - having been aware of the Blog and the ensuing exchange, the idea that this family is even "casually" anti-American had not, yet anyway, crossed their minds.
I am sure they will tell me if their opinions change!

Noah Webster

"Some of my best friends are Jewish!"

Jerry Maguire

"I love Black people. I am Mr. Black People!" Jerry Maguire

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