Is it just me, or is The New York Times trolling? OMG megaLULZ welcome my son welcome to the machine! 2003 is gonna be the Best YR evar!!!!1! There is hope for us yet.
"Recently, life has become better and more secure." - CONTROVERSIAL FIREBRAND DAVID BROOKS
I really enjoyed the part where he praises cost constraints in the same sentence wherein he admits that a surplus is actually the result of a revenue windfall. That is some straightup MBA magicman shit. Love it.
You know what would make tightening my belt a little easier? If I could tighten it around David Brooks's scrawny little chicken-neck.
His anti-worlds go spinning through his headHe burns them in his dreamsfor half awake they may as well be dead
The best "conservative" that money can buy.
I am sure everyone has his particular favorite nugget of Brooksian intentional stupidity, but here's mine:I’m not a complete fan of the way Walker went about reducing debt. In an age of tough choices, one bedrock principle should be: We’re all in this together. If you are going to cut from the opposing party’s interest groups, you should also cut from some of your own. That’s how you build trust and sustain progress, one administration to the next.So, Walker was supposed to cut some Democrat-inclined interest groups, such as the government unions, and also find some Republicans to cut, like... um... say, that's a hard one. It seems that every single interest group on the government teat is Democratic-leaning, if not hardcore progressive. Strange! Coincidental! Why, I compute the odds of such a thing happening randomly at just below a million to one... but obviously, it did happen, so it must be random.
i had a hard time reading the article what with brooks staring at me the whole time. i got up and walked around the room, and, i swear to god, his eyes followed me.
"The common view among politicians is that pundits may rail against debt, but voters don’t actually care."becuz it's fake money, lol
Leonard says: "It seems that every single interest group on the government teat is Democratic-leaning, if not hardcore progressive."Check out the message in a rough style-ee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VRZq3J0uz4(To an extent, I'm arguing just to argue. If I read your post as what I THINK you meant, that social programs financed by civic taxes and debt are almost entirely Democrat-favoring, then yeah, sure)
It seems that every single interest group on the government teat is Democratic-leaning, if not hardcore progressive.Because nothing says 'progressive' like oil company subsidies & treating unearned income as untaxable!
"So, Walker was supposed to cut some Democrat-inclined interest groups, such as the government unions, and also find some Republicans to cut, like... um... say, that's a hard one. It seems that every single interest group on the government teat is Democratic-leaning, if not hardcore progressive."I'm pretty sure that what Brooks is getting at is that Walker exempted police and firefighters from his ban on collective bargaining for public sector unions.
Don't forget military contractors and financial institutions, lucid. God I'm sick of their hippie shit.
leonard, i have a few queries for you on the last post .. ( if this doesn't work i'll try throwing in a few caps in a min. .. or later .. )
lucid, are there oil companies on the teat in Wisconsin? Doubt it, or rather, I think it is possible they are but at a very modest level of waste. Low millions, not billions.j r, he did that to retain Republican support and defuse popular opposition. But despite the attitudes of their average members, those unions are nonetheless Democrat leaning. The union bosses know who the more pro-government party is. It is to be hoped that Walker's recall fails, and that subsequently he has the mandate and political capital to abolish the police and firefighter's union privileges.
It is to be hoped that Walker's recall fails, and that subsequently he has the mandate and political capital to abolish the police and firefighter's union privileges.Yes and it is hoped that once Obama is safely elected for a second term he can end the drone attacks and the raids on medical marijuana dispenseries.I love how hopefully idealistic you are, Leonard. You have this narrative and, facts be damned, you're going to stick to it.
teat , .. "of latter days .. . i came in to a room when that scene with the man reaching up to a woman's breast in some way ..was on a screen ,of that bill maher film .., can someone tell me what the breast looking up to .. was all about ... ,with thoughts of something of the behaving leading in to your rise in the seasonal fall .. down there " ?
A typical Brooks theme, “It’s your own fault”. Prior generations were always wiser and better than today’s generation according to Brooks. I have seen him repeat these themes time and again. He is like some really mediocre jazz musician with a very limited bag of over used licks that he continually takes out in order to bore us to death. I can picture Brooks when he was in high school going into the bathroom and seeing some other kids smoking and then running to the principle to tattle on them.
@Rob Payne I can see him smoking with those other kids and then ratting them out, as he does seem to be that kind of two faced weasel in print. My friend would not let me attend "Journalmalism Day" at Columbia U this year because he was there and she feared I would assault him.
Nony @ 10:01, I must admit a similar reaction, and I like your version of the smoking scenario, he is a weasel.
How does the money supply grow? Answer that question, and you'll find the source of "our" debt tolerance.
Yeah, Shlomo, could it be that the people who control the money supply like it this way? Nah! The voters are lazy and want free stuff.
Yeah, Shlomo, could it be that the people who control the money supply like it this way? Nah! The voters are lazy and want free stuff.How are those two things mutually exclusive? More likely that they are just two sides of the same equation.
j r,They're not. It's just that you can always count on Brooks and his ilk to focus on the unwashed rabble angle while carefully ignoring the greedy elites angle.
Re: Walker's one sidednessI mean the Wisc gubernor could've cut some corporate welfare his state is doling out - directly or indirectly. I gather he did not do it. Should I be even shockt, shockt! at this?TDS
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