Joe Nocera has an editorial in The New York Holy Times that almost perfectly illustrates the difference between the Statist and Libertarian mindsets. Fisking the entire thing would grow tiresome, but the main points show up in the first few paragraphs.
Here's Mr. Nocera:
Here's Mr. Nocera:
You know what they say: Never negotiate with terrorists. It only encourages them.
You know what's coming after that, right? Yeah. The people who want more freedom for themselves and for others are "terrorists". To paraphrase an Instapundit commenter, "This has to be the first ‘Terrorist’ movement in the history of mankind that, if it gets everything it wants…will leave you the hell alone.”Back to Mr. Nocera:
These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people.
Oh for the love of God. Washington D.C. has indebted every f-ing taxpayer with a $130,000.00 bar tab. The Statists want to increase that debt. They've already doubled the debt since Bill Clinton left office. The Tea Party Republicans have trotted out a 2.4 trillion in cuts (over 10 years), a 2.4 trillion that will be cut out of future increases, not from the current geysers of gloppy glutinous pork. And these people making the pitiful little efforts to reduce the spending are jihadists ????
Back to Mr. Nocera:
Their intransigent demands for deep spending cuts, coupled with their almost gleeful willingness to destroy one of America’s most invaluable assets, its full faith and credit, were incredibly irresponsible. But they didn’t care. Their goal, they believed, was worth blowing up the country for, if that’s what it took.
I, for one, don't want America to have any more credit. I want those Chinese bastards to stop mailing credit cards to Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner. I want it to stop now. I don't want my daughter to be burdened for the rest of her life with paying for George Bush and Barack Obama's ineffective wars on poverty, illiteracy, inflation, unemployment and brown people.
Seriously, can you imagine a credit card company sending a card application to a person whose debt was 100% of his yearly income?
Mr. Nocera thinks it would be a great idea. Otherwise, things would, er....change.
Like ideologues everywhere, they scorned compromise. When John Boehner, the House speaker, tried to cut a deal with President Obama that included some modest revenue increases, they humiliated him. After this latest agreement was finally struck on Sunday night — amounting to a near-complete capitulation by Obama — Tea Party members went on Fox News to complain that it only called for $2.4 trillion in cuts, instead of $4 trillion. It was head-spinning.
Well, numb-nuts, we are 14 trillion dollars in debt. A 4 trillion dollar cut over a ten year period is nothing. 2.4 trillion cut from a 10 year period doesn't even cover the defict of each year.
The "Tea Party" Republicans have suffered a hellish defeat. Despite all the howling and cloth-rending from the Statist side, nothing has changed. This is 100% business as usual.
There's no point in going further with this. Hit the link to read the rest of Nocera's editorial, in which he explains why taking money away from legit job producers and giving it to bureaucrats is the best way to end unemployment. Gag me with a dirty diaper.