The World is Flat, We Get It Already
S.C. GOVERNOR NEEDS A NEW FAVORITE BOOK FOR HIS SECOND TERM
FITSNews – December 23, 2006 – S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford‘s first term in office might as well have been a publicity tour for The World is Flat, author Thomas Friedman‘s best-selling treatise on globalization.
South Carolina’s chart-toting professor-in-chief literally couldn’t shut up about the 569-page book, which is perhaps one reason why the State Legislature in South Carolina (which doesn’t understand charts and only reads books with pictures in them) seldom understood what the hell the governor was talking about.
We tried to read The World is Flat once.
Really, we did.
In fact, we bought it at a Barnes & Noble in Myrtle Beach, S.C. this summer with every intention of finishing it.
Unfortunately for Friedman, he makes his main point so convincingly in the first 50 pages of the book that reading the other 519 seemed like a waste of time. Why trudge through all that if you’re already sold on the basic premise?
We can sum up The World is Flat in one sentence: Poor people in other countries are doing work Americans don’t want to do for very little money because computers rock and America is lazy.
That’s called “main idea thinking,” people. We learned it in grammar school.
In any event, Sanford’s first term in office – much like our attempt to make it through The World is Flat – was unsuccessful. His three signature issues – income tax relief, K-12 tuition tax credits and government restructuring – all went nowhere in the Legislature.
This term, the governor says he’s done with “pie in the sky” proposals and will only expend his political capital (Sanford was reelected with 55% of the vote in 2006) on things he can actually accomplish.
Call it the “Doctrine of Attainability.”
We’ll see how that all plays out, but in keeping with his new approach to governing, we think the governor should select a new book for his second term.
We’ve even got a recommendation for him: