I guess I am compiling here, intermittently, a list of Things That Have Got To Go. Manicured golf courses and big lumbering RVs. Nature-defying cities and money as the root of reality. Royal families and Rolls-Royces. $282,000 watches that don’t tell time and $988,845 in “spousal support” per month. $26,000-per-night hotel rooms and anyone at all living like the current average American. And so on.
When I first realized I was doing this, I got The Fear: was I becoming the Khmer Rouge? Then I understood that I really wasn’t. Because it’s not like I want to punish people for these things, or even to enact laws against them. They’re just ludicrousities that are going to have to go away on their own, in the natural course of things, as the global ride gets bumpier.
The only place I harbor real Khmer Rouge tendencies, I think, involves those who leave soap in the sponge, so that when I go to wash out my cast iron, the pan is instantly despoiled. Those people definitely require a re-education camp.
Anyway, as I followed the recent lame-duck carnival in Congress, I encountered a piece that mentioned another Thing That Has Got To Go. And that is the fact that 90% of the cut roses that Americans shower upon one another come Valentine’s Day are grown outside the US, with somewhere between 60% and 72% of these coming from Colombia.