Over at the Great Orange Satan, DemFromCT ably summarizes today's George Will column, so that I don't have to:
If you read the right things, and follow the right sports teams, you might well be "better off" than you were four years ago, so don't bother to ask that question. Economics is only statistics and people spend too much time whining about them.Couldn't have said it better myself.
Whatever happened to Will, anyway? Sure, he's always been a wishy-washy royalist conservative (the National Lampoon parodied Newsweek a quarter-century ago, and a column by "George Fwill" was titled "Why I Love the Feudal System"), and his columns have often had a tendency to wander a bit. But these days, his columns not only tend to wander pointlessly, but there's little spark of wit along the way, just the occasional swipe at people or institutions on the left, which isn't the same thing.
For years, I'd been basically ignoring Will because he didn't really seem to have anything new to say, and he wasn't saying it particularly well. But even pundits like Broder and Samuelson at least have a point that they're making, even if it's usually wrongheaded, and have some structure to their columns. Will's so bad, he makes those guys look good by comparison. Yet among the WaPo op-ed columnists, his reputation's probably second only to Broder's.