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it sure was an interesting day yesterday

March 27, 2009

The GOP got the Dems in an old-fashioned smackdown yesterday. Two terrifically horrific battles immediately come to mind.

While President Obama held an unprecedented online town-hall meeting which broke all records (simply by the fact that it had never been done before), John Boehner battled back by revealing the long-awaited Republican budget plan. It was nineteen pages long with an unexpected twist: there were no numbers in it. Take that, liberals!

The other case was a little more nuanced. Treasury Secretary Tim Geitner appeared before the Hill asking for sweeping new powers to regulate non-banking financial institutions, based on the powers the FDIC has to regulate banking institutions. Although there was agreement from both sides that something needed to be done, the wise old foxes at FOX NEWS weren’t having any of it.


The same folks who blasted Geitner two weeks ago over AIG bonuses (What did you know, when did you know it, why didn’t you stop it?) were now throwing out words like fascist, dictatorship, not to mention their favorite, socialist…


Well, you can’t please all the people all the time.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Publius permalink
    March 27, 2009 6:10 pm

    I would respectfully submit that the word “Socialist” *does* mean something… and when people on the left start splitting hairs with respect to the strict dictionary definition of the word they have lost the argument. I use the word “collectivist” instead because I think that it perfectly describes the vast majority of the positions of the Democrats/Left.

    And I would further submit that collectivism is *inherently* immoral. It says that government owns me and I am simply a successful cow to be milked for the public good (with “public good” always defined by some politician who does not live in the real world with the rest of us).

    Just my $.02.

  2. March 27, 2009 6:18 pm

    At least you offer a reasonable argument. The folks at FOX NEWS just spew baseless histrionics.
    As to the morality question, I don’t care if you’re a liberal or a conservative, as long as we are taxed, someone has to figure out how to spend that money.

    • Publius permalink
      March 29, 2009 1:08 pm

      And you are contrasting them with those oh-so-reasonable people at CNN and MSNBC? I would argue that the absolute value of the bias (slightly to the right) as FoxNews is less than the absolute value of the bias at MSNBC or CNN (to the left).

      But you missed my point: I am not arguing that we should not be taxed for govt expenses. But when we tax the hell out of the people who produce things and let the almost 50 percent of Americans who pay no income taxes get a free ride, that is collectivism. That is completely contrary to the principles on which this country was founded and it is simply *wrong*.

      I think that the rich are taxed too much and the lower 50 percent are not taxed enough: they are the ones who take the most back out of the system as well. The idea that we should craft the system to make the losers get the best deal is beyond stupid. Let them suffer the consequences of their serial bad decisions.

  3. March 29, 2009 8:09 pm

    The rich are taxed more, and for one simple reason: They’re the ones with the money!

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