Either the NYT is edging toward an epiphany or
they’re letting their OpEd writers drink at work.
Personally, I’m holding out for the latter.
in an OpEd yesterday in The Week In Review by Peter S. Goodman discussing the state of the economy, Mr. Goodman tossed in this little gem…
Yet even as vital signs weaken — plunging home sales, a bleak job market and, on Friday, confirmation that the quarterly rate of economic growth had slowed, to 1.6 percent — a sense has taken hold that government policy makers cannot deliver meaningful intervention.
Wow! Now I’ll warn you ahead of time that this one paragraph has not just one but three quotables in it. This first one doesn’t say so, but since it’s’ coming from The Times I think it’s a safe assumption on my part to note that the “meaningful intervention” that can’t be delivered would be implementation of a total command economy run from the offices of the DNC. I happen to be a believer in the concept that real meaningful intervention could be delivered, and delivered quickly, but it would look like something neither TheOne™ or his acolytes at The Times could stomach. It would look like this:
- a major overhaul of tax policy – namely something that looks like the “flat tax” where EVERYBODY pays a fixed percentage with no exemptions;
- a major reduction of business taxes – “businesses” don’t pay taxes folks, their customers do;
- and major reductions in the number of departments at the federal level along with about 100% of the budgets of those departments reduced to zero – think Education, Commerce and Agriculture on day one.
Frankly, even with the caveat, I’m pretty surprised that The Times would go so far as to admit that their preferred solution set is not achievable, even with a solidly Democratic Congress and an avowed Socialist in the Oval Office. The reason they give is utterly wrong as well.
I noted above that there are three notable quotables in the one paragraph, here’s number two…
That is because nearly any proposed curative could risk adding to the national debt — a political nonstarter.
It’s NOT because “a solution” will raise the national debt, nobody at The Times or the DNC gives a rip about the national debt (I doubt anybody at the RNC does either, to be fair). The reason is that the great unwashed masses in flyover country – and even a few in the northeast – understand that gummit solutions don’t work and THOSE FOLKS just happen to be paying attention right now.
And number three [drum roll please]…
The situation has left American fortunes pinned to an uncertain remedy: hoping that things somehow get better.
Yeah, it is The Times. But, I would point out that “HOPE” happens to be the platform that TheWon™ campaigned on and he did win. So, you guys are stuck with it. And just to be really clear about what you’re stuck with – and what you’ve stuck the rest of us with – reflect on how far we’ve come…
The difference between the unwashed masses in flyover country and the folks who carry on multi-syllable word conversations without moving their lips or chin is that we unwashed knew what TheWon™ was before the election.
If you read the rest of Mr. Goodman’s little piece, you’ll find the standard leftist prescriptions for fixing the economic nightmare that leftist policies have led us in to. Lots more of the same but just managed better.
Ending on a happy note, I really am encouraged that somebody over at The Times would at least note that what they want they’re not gonna get. Even if the reason they’re not getting it is because the problem happens be that they got a whole bunch of what they want in the first place.