In the Disney version, when the Mad Hatter tells Alice about the phenomenon of the un-birthday, she's skeptical. He then says: "I shall elucidate!" His explanation makes sense but the entire enterprise is utter nonsense. We have reached the point in our society when nonsensical situations are validated by excuses derived from a complete blindness to the absurdity of the premise itself. Down the rabbit hole we go.
Today's looking-glass experience comes from The New York Times arguing that we must gently help confused citizens decide which college to go to:
If the federal government makes it mandatory to disclose this information in a clear and consistent way, as it should, families will be better able to make informed college choices. And this will help put pressure on colleges that fare poorly to improve.
Critics may cast this initiative as an example of government overreach. But given that the federal government spends nearly $190 billion a year on higher education aid to students, it has a legitimate interest in making sure that the money flows to the schools that best meet their responsibilities to families and students.
The federal government already has its hands in something outside its jurisdiction, ergo it is justified in going even further.
A VERY MERRY UN-BIRTHDAY TO YOU!