Friday, July 15, 2011

Kristi Noem Should Have Gone To Hogwarts Instead Of Interning

Bear with me here because this information gets a little complicated.

According to the Harry Potter Wiki, Charms is a required class.
Charms is a required subject for all students in their first five years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The spells learned in Charms class are taken from textbooks. Students are taught specific wand movements and proper pronounciation. Often students partner up in class to experiment on one another. Charms was Hermione Granger's favourite subject until she started Arithmancy in 1993.
The class "specialises in the teaching of charms."  The wiki explains,
A charm is one of the four known spell types. Charms are distinguished from transfigurations (the two major spell types) in that a charm focuses on altering what the object does as opposed to what the object is.
J.K. Rowling, the woman who famously chronicles Harry Potter's adventures at Hogwarts, claims,
"I see Charms as a slightly lighter subject than transfiguration which is very hard work. With Charms there would be a little more leeway for a little more personal creativity – transfiguration you have to get it exactly right, transfiguration is more scientific." [italics in original]
Today's Argus Leader reports,
As the stalemate over how the nation's debt crisis should be tackled drags on, Rep. Kristi Noem weighed in Thursday.
The state's lone representative in the House said she will not back any proposal that does not "change the spending-spree culture in Washington," put the country on a path to economic recovery or promise not to raise taxes.
This statement seems to imply that the current budget woes are not caused by the current tax policy, and that the everything would be fine if Congress cut spending.  It also seems to indicate that culture is a thing that can be changed.

Culture is a rather abstract concept to be called an object, but if Representative Noem believes it can be changed, I'll consider it an object that can be altered by a charm.  If that's the case, then other amorphous elements should be susceptible to charms.

It seems, therefore, that if someone had spent five years taking a "lighter subject" that "focuses on altering what the object does," one should be able to take an object--say a Bush Tax Cut--and change it from a major cause of the nation's debt to a revenue producer by 2019.

That little bit of magic doesn't appear to be happening.  According to this chart, the Bush Tax Cuts are the biggest drivers of debt.

Maybe Representative Noem can try to pass her O.W.L.s after her internship is over.

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