Believing in Fairies
One of the more annoying things (and there are many…) about Randian Righties is the way they repeatedly announce, against all evidence, that their destructive, rich-coddling economic policies are the One True Way, handed down to us by the God of the Market, and all we need to do is throw another virgin or two into the volcano, and all will be well. Though this theory has been disproved countless times as the superrich thus created invariably spend their wretched excess purchasing the government, since there aren’t enough furs and jewels in the world to dent their colossal bank accounts, they tend to have a lot left over for such nefarious purposes. They use it wisely, financing “thinkers” like the writer below, given that credulous and elite-serving publications like the Washington Post will throw up whatever claptrap the lavishly funded “think tanks” of the right are churning out on any given day. In a “panel discussion” about the Lame Duck session of Congress, or more accurately, a bland question asked to a few dozen miscellaneous Villagers who respond in predictable sound bites, I came across this:
Diana Furchtgott-Roth; Senior fellow, Hudson Institute :
The most productive aspect of this lame duck session has been President Obama’s intellectual growth.
Of course, since her intellectual ideal is in this case George W. Bush, this phenomenon could more accurately be described as shrinkage, but she does have a point, albeit an infuriating one:
He convincingly argued in favor of extending the current Bush-era tax rates so as not to choke off economic growth. And he declared at a press conference on Wednesday that “we celebrate somebody like a Steve Jobs, who has created two or three different revolutionary products. We expect that person to be rich, and that’s a good thing. We want that incentive. That’s part of the free market. “
You see, even that Kenyan socialist finally caught on to the fact that God created America to serve the rich, although he’s still kind of a dummy:
(No matter that Jobs has created not two or three, but dozens of revolutionary products.)
And now that Obama has finally Seen the Light, this otherwise unemployable flack gazes into her Koch-funded crystal ball and sees a bright future indeed…..
Will we see a simpler tax system with lower rates voted out by the 112th Congress and signed into law by the president?
Hmmm. You mean like Ireland tried?
I don’t begrudge people believing utter horseshit, especially when they are well paid to do so, but I do wish that they could show a little humility and not think that they alone have access to some higher knowledge that has somehow escaped centuries of economists, historians, and ordinary people. It’s an insulting and repellent trait they evidently picked up from their sometime political allies, the Religious Right, who similarly dismiss mountains of evidence that what they hold most dear is contemptible hogwash. Both endlessly predict dire consequences for nonbelievers, and no matter how often proven wrong, they still think they’re the Chosen Ones, battling a benighted world.
If it takes “intellectual growth” to believe in what George H.W. Bush correctly called “Voodoo Economics,” then I suppose it’s possible that, say, Sean Hannity is some sort of genius, like Einstein. Possible, yes, but unlikely.