On the Opinion Page: March 18, 2008


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times.

David Brooks/The Bailout Artists

The Short Version: There are reasons why even free-market types should embrace a bailout in the housing crisis.

In his words: “It makes sense to try to find some circuit breakers so the housing market doesn’t totally collapse.”

Score: A- (Astute)
Brooks presents a very reasonable argument for government intervention to stop the worst of the bleeding in the housing/financial crisis.

Timothy Egan/The Lords of Higher Learning

The Short Version: Wtf? Why are colleges so freakin’ expensive?

In his words: “What has happened in some campus board rooms would make a Saudi oil minister blush.”

The Score: B (Benign)
This is for all you parents who are (or will be) shelling out big-time. (This is one problem we will never have.)

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