Via NYMag: [For the opinion part, scroll down]
“While the Obama administration cooks up (boring)* bank and auto bailouts, Italy is planning a bailout of its fashion industry. Italian minister of economic development Claudio Scajola promised to present the “first interventions” to help Italy’s fashion industry by the middle of the month. Last month the Italian government approved a stimulus package of about $2.54 billion to help the auto and domestic-appliance sectors, ignoring the fashion industry. Head of Italy’s Chamber of Fashion Mario Boselli would not stand for this and called out the injustice. “I can understand helping the automotive industry but wouldn’t fashion deserve the same, if not more, consideration than the furniture industry?” Boselli told WWD. The fashion industry in Italy employs around 80,000 people and is home to 30,000 distribution companies. Revenues in the Italian fashion industries were down 4 percent for 2008, with things getting especially bad at the end of the year. It’s also sort of an image booster, only proving that Europe is infallibly more glamorous than we are. Even their bailouts are chic.
*Such a typical, ignorant, and very American attitude, I think. So many people today don’t care about the economy or the state of the world otherwise… all they do is whine about the economy. However, I’ve found that – if asked – most people can’t name specifics about pretty much anything government-related or political. Those who complain the most are often the most clueless and uninformed, and they have no desire to become more so. I do enjoy a lively, educated debate over policies and whatnot… key word, educated. I hate it when people utter silly, generalized statements such as “Obama’s so stupid” or “We’re doomed because Obama’s president.” Again, when asked for specifics, they tend to mutter and mumble and otherwise avoid the question. Here’s a prime example of stupidity in today’s society:
[rough outline of a recent conversation]
“God, I can’t believe Obama got elected. We’re screwed, he’s so stupid!” (the idiot)
(me) “Why do you say that?”
“He is! Haven’t you watched the news?”
“Yes, have you?”
“No, politics is boring.” THE END.
AGH. See my point? Oh, another little nugget of joy from a particularly revolting specimen in my math class:
“(blah blah blah “running 12 minutes in gym is oh-so-hard blah blah) Well Democrats don’t pay taxes, you know.”
(me, from the other side of the little desk grouping) “Wha-wha-WHAT was that? Democrats don’t pay taxes? Where on earth did you come up with that?”
“Uhh I dunno, they don’t.”
I hate this town.
*deep sigh* Right, sorry. Carry on.