… boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past:
As Jonah Goldberg notes, the President's big "Gee, I Guess
I Should Say Something About the Deficit" speech was "a breathtaking
tour de force of dishonesty and tendentiousness."
For example, from the transcript here, discussing his "approach":
It calls for tax reform to cut about $1 trillion in spending from the tax code.Translating the Obamese into plain English:
It calls for raising taxes by about $1 trillion.
Don Boudreaux wonders about the folks who both (a)
taxes on "unhealthy" foods, because that will significantly decrease
their consumption; (b) deny that raising taxes on
income-earning activities will discourage income-earning activities.
Perhaps such people are believers in the famous F. Scott Fitzgeraldism:
The true test of a first-rate mind is the ability to hold two contradictory ideas at the same time.Two problems there: (1) despite thousands of web pages claiming otherwise, I think Libby Koponen is pretty convincing that Fitzgerald never actually said that; and (2) even if he did, why would you want to get your epistemological advice from a drunk?
If you rearrange the letters in Mitt Romney, you get 'mormon robot'.This is, unfortunately, less than literally true. Here are some actual candidate anagrams (which I didn't figure out myself, thank goodness):
Damn Turd Pol
Meek Hick Beau
Machine Man Belch
(Or, as Dave Barry might say: "I saw Machine Man Belch open for Moby Grape back in '67.")
- Maraca Kabob
And I embed Memory Tint's Exploratory Committee
announcement video here, because—hey!—that's
Field ("in Cowell Stadium") (not to mention the "Reggie F. Atkins Track
& Field Facility")
at the University Near Here in the background:
He didn't stop by to say hello, however.