Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Saturday, September 24, 2011

It's Delightful

Some writers are more fun than others. In fact, they might make you want to break out into song.

The night is young, the skies are clear
And if you want to go walkin', dear
It's delightful, it's delicious, it's de-lovely

The premise of [David Brooks'] piece was that he, Brooks, was a "sap" for believing Barack Obama when Obama pledged, after his election, to rise above partisanship and "move beyond the stale ideological debates that have paralyzed this country.

For Brooks, "rising above partisanship" always means "not criticizing the rich," so you can kind of guess where he's going with this article. He references the recent Obama speech that hinted at tax increases for the wealthy, always a no-no on planet Brooks, where such proposals are always interpreted as "class warfare" and "angry populism."

I understand the reason why
You're sentimental, 'cause so am I
It's delightful, it's delicious, it's de-lovely

Even Brooks wouldn't dare come out and try to justify [taxing millionaires less than poorer people]. Everyone knows things like hedge-fund exemption are morally indefensible. But the top-1-percenters and their slobbering wannabe acolytes like Brooks defend them anyway by avoiding specifics and retreating into words like "fairness" and "centrism," while deriding any call for changes to the tax code as insurrectionary populism/socialism.

You can tell at a glance what a swell night this is for romance
You can hear, dear Mother Nature murmuring low "Let yourself go"

I defy David Brooks to come out publicly and explain how it's fair that he should pay more than twice the tax rate that Paulson or George Soros pays. I think about this every April when I send my check off to the IRS, and it makes me want to go on a tri-state killing spree. But it apparently doesn't bother Brooks, who defends this system in the pages of the Times over and over again, showing everyone that he's actually not being sarcastic when he calls himself a sap.

So please be sweet, my chickadee
And when I kiss ya, just say to me
"It's delightful, it's delicious, it's delectable, it's delirious,

Brooks knows [Obama might just be campaigning], which is why he doesn't sound terribly worried about these reforms actually happening. He just objects to the tone of the debate, and to the very idea that we should even ask if everyone is paying his fair share. Brooks has many allies in the punditry world, who voice similar objections, which should tell you a lot about the chances for actual reforms. If we can't even get rich pundits to object to being personally screwed by the system, if we can't even get those people to talk about it, it'll be a long time before we get around to seriously considering making changes.

It's dilemma, it's de limit, it's deluxe, it's de-lovely"


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

...and to the very idea that we should even ask if everyone is paying his fair share.

Of course. After all, the peasants (Applebees salad bar attendants, etc.) are revolting enough already.

Anonymous said...

"He just objects ... to the very idea that we should even ask if everyone is paying his fair share."

well, not *everyone*. It is perfectly acceptable to question whether those making <$20K are paying enough taxes. In fact, it is perfectly acceptable to claim they aren't. "broaden the base" so disgusting.

Clever Pseudonym said...

Yes, but Taibbi is wont to use the word "fuck" in his writing, so that invalidates all of his knowldege, research and carefully thought insights on the subject. Whereas a "writer" like McArdle only insults passive-aggressively while pulling rubbish from her ass, so she's clearly better at it. Don't laugh. I've actually seen people make this claim.

Anonymous said...

How sad and shocking it must be for David Brooks...when Obama actually starts to act like a Democrat...

Anonymous said...

Although the adjective "lickspittle" was worked to death by the pens of Marxist polemicists, Brooks makes the case for its resurrection.