Stupidity is what stupidity writes
E. J. Dionne Jr has an op-ed out entitled, “In American politics, stupidty is the name of the game.”
After reading the piece, I am pretty convinced it should be re-titled “In American punditry, stupidity is the name of the game.” Dionne spends his 700 words demonstrating how true that title would be.
His premise is framed in a question: “Can a nation remain a superpower if its internal politics are incorrigibly stupid?”
Probably not – but it isn’t just anyone’s internal politics which he’s questioning – it is an attack on the fiscally conservative. And, of course he deals with the left’s favorite subject when comes to government, budgets and spending:
Start with taxes. In every other serious democracy, conservative political parties feel at least some obligation to match their tax policies with their spending plans. David Cameron, the new Conservative prime minister in Britain, is a leading example.
He recently offered a rather brutal budget that includes severe cutbacks. I have doubts about some of them, but at least Cameron cared enough about reducing his country’s deficit that alongside the cuts he also proposed an increase in the value-added tax, from 17.5 percent to 20 percent. Imagine: a fiscal conservative who really is a fiscal conservative.
So now, fiscal conservancy is defined as “cutting spending and raising taxes”? SInce when? If, for instance, you have a government which is huge, out of control and intruding areas that it shouldn’t be and costing us a bundle while it’s doing so, why is “raising taxes” a remedy?
Why couldn’t a conservative proffer a solution which would cut spending and the size of government alone? Why isn’t that ever an answer?
Well simply because the left doesn’t believe in smaller or less intrusive government and it has this class hatred thing going on for “the rich”.
It is their job – through government of course – to take what the rich have and redistribute it. Ask any of them. That’s because their basic ideological premise is that the money we all have really doesn’t belong to us – it’s a benefit we accrue for living in this fine land shaped and governed by enlightened leftists who know much better than those who have “earned” their money where and how it should be spent.
And, of course, that leads us to absolutely stupendous intellectual arguments like this:
The simple truth is that the wealthy in the United States — the people who have made almost all the income gains in recent years — are undertaxed compared with everyone else.
So there you go – the fact that “everyone else” is suffering under heavier taxation than those here doesn’t have the leftist shouting “ain’t freedom great". Instead he shouts “make ‘em pay more” because – and mother’s everywhere are wincing – the other guys make ‘em pay more.
Yeah, and the other guys live in countries which most here wouldn’t trade for this place. The fact that someone accusing a certain political element of “stupidity” has to resort to the “but others pay more” argument in an attempt to sell the premise is just freakin’ laughable.
The problem, sir, isn’t that the rich don’t pay enough. The problem is the government here (and elsewhere, if truth be told) spends more than it has – consistently, increasingly and without an end in sight.
What in the hell is wrong with Dionne that he attempts to run this class warfare swill at us? Does he honestly believe we’re that dumb? Is the stupidity he’s banking on that of his readers?
His is a preposterous premise followed by an absurdly simplistic ideological argument which seems to be designed to distract the reader from the real problem – runaway government spending.
Take next year’s budget for example as just announced by the Obama Administration – $1.4 trillion dollars, of which 41% is borrowed.
That’s not the fault of the rich, Mr. Dionne. And no matter how much you tax them it never will be.
The rich aren’t the freakin’ problem and hopefully even someone as dull witted as Dionne might eventually figure that out. But I doubt it.
I mean, read his op-ed and you quickly realize there’s little or no hope of that ever happening.