timothy3 commented on the diary post The Educate a Cab Driver, Educate Thomas Friedman Campaign by Dean Baker.
Friedman is the personification of Beltway (or, as Krugman, et. al., put it, VSPs) “thinking” that relies not a whit on economic reality, much less actual data points that would rip asunder his sorry theses. That this fellow is given column space is one of the great mysteries of the universe — which is to say this [...]
the current obsession with the idea that, somehow, the UN (!) is going to force suburban Americans to crowd into dirty, icky cities with the Blah’s and the other whatchamacallits is more than usually cuckoo.
I first read about this two days ago and wondered, like you, exactly what these guys are defending (apart from UN Secret Plans to Thwart Suburbia and Eliminate Whiteness).
One of the funniest — which is to say, most pathetic — things I heard leading up to the election was from a woman in my office who muttered, in response to why she was a staunch GOPer, “I hate being told what to do.”
Which is why, naturally, she embraces an authoritarian party.
CH, thought I’d drop a note letting you know that, for some inexplicable reason (technological, I’m sure), I’ve been unable to post comments at your site for some time.
timothy3 commented on the blog post Faux News GOP Debate #FAIL: Audience Members Boo Gay Soldier Who Asks DADT Question
Yes, support certain troops.
These other guys are more like Webelos, maybe.
Santorum’s favorite topic — homosexuality; he must’ve been positively squirming when that question came up.
timothy3 commented on the blog post Former Bush Advisor Greg Mankiw Wants Even More Wealth Inequality
I’d simply add that these guys don’t generate their wealth in a vacuum. There are myriad levels at work here, from infrastructure (paid for by taxes!) to people who do the actual work.
And that’s assuming there’s actual work being done; product being produced; as opposed to moneylenders who thrive, survive and profit from “lending,” “transacting” and all other such neato terms describing usury.
In sum, wealth generators are generating wealth on a foundation that’s a continuum — what we used to call a “society.”