....is that the GOP could do little better than to take populism back. President "Aragula is so expensive at Whole Foods" Obama talks it well, at least with TOTUS' help, but let's be serious. He's a man of the people in far less degree than are Warren Buffett or Bill Gates. Can't the GOP make these arguments:
Please tell me why the poor and middle class should be subsidizing hybrid and electric cars for the rich--especially when they're not environmentally sound at all?
Please tell me why the poor and middle class should be subsidizing entertainment--PBS, NPR, the NEA, and the NEH--for the rich?
Please tell me why the poor and middle class should be subsidizing windmills owned by the rich, solar companies owned by the rich, and the like? Again, especially when one considers that the environmental "benefits" of these are far exaggerated to nonexistent?
Please tell me why the poor and middle class ought to subsidize corn farmers who own tens of millions of dollars worth of land, and ethanol refiners whose use of water requires them to drill new wells for many of their neighbors? (real example from Janesville, Minnesota, by the way)
Please tell me why the poor and middle class ought to be subsidizing college professors through the 50% of Pell Grants and student loans granted to students with no serious chance of graduating? We're victimizing the poor twice this way--first by taxing them to pay for this, second by saddling their children with student loans.
One can go on and on, but you get the picture. Many of the most egregious offenses in the federal budget fall, directly or indirectly, under the banner of "programs which tax the poor and middle class to benefit the rich." If we can't get some of these programs killed, we more or less are giving up the republic.
The patterns are here. I am not a prophet. - I am not a shepherd or a dresser of sycamore trees. I am an academic psychiatrist, sitting in an airport lounge. Sweet life, you say. But over the last two...
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