Friday, September 21, 2012

Equality or Independence?

All joking aside, America faces a serious choice this November.

Major news organizations are busy this week high-fiving each other over what they've convinced themselves is the death of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Watching MSNBC these days is like watching the autopsy of a murder victim, conducted by the murderers themselves. Their unseemly jubilation is inspired by a "secret" four-month-old video of Romney discussing the 47 percent of Americans -- myself among them -- who do not pay federal income tax. If I hit the Powerball, I'll try to make good with the Treasury Department, but the fact that I don't make $5 million a year like Chris Matthews is certainly not Mitt Romney's fault. Nor do I blame Matthews, who has real talent of the kind that usually involves wearing a fright wig, a red nose and big floppy shoes.

Despite my lack of resentment, I'm told I should be offended by Romney's remarks about myself and my fellow 47-percenters. Bill Kristol called the Republican candidate's comments "arrogant and stupid." Kristol once worked for Dan Quayle. Insert punch line here.

All joking aside, however, and without regard for the media's self-congratulatory celebration of Romney's troubles, there is a serious question involved: Are the economically less fortunate entitled to constant flattery, lest our self-esteem be damaged? Should we think of ourselves as victims, deserving not only tax exemptions, but also benefits which others are taxed to provide for us? Or is it possible that with a new attitude -- and a different set of policies in Washington -- some of us in the 47 percent might by our own efforts escape the embarrassment of penury and achieve some measure of economic success?

Is it crazy to believe that? Then I might qualify for disability, although Conservative Derangement Syndrome is not among the disorders listed in the DSM-IV. But all joking aside...

My poverty is entirely my own fault. Before I got into the journalism racket, I had a perfectly good job as a forklift driver, and if I'd stuck with that, who knows? I might have been warehouse manager by now. Yet I convinced myself that a suit-and-tie job was more prestigious and more lucrative, which it might actually have been. But then Al Gore invented the Internet, the bottom fell out of the newspaper business, and nowadays all journalists are compelled to scrape for nickels and dimes in the blogosphere, even Harvard graduates like Bill Kristol (magna cum laude, 1973) and Matthew Yglesias (magna cum laude, 2003). The latter is a liberal who no doubt heartily shares Kristol's disdain for their fellow Harvardian, the "arrogant and stupid" Romney (J.D., MBA, 1975). In the 21st century, it sometimes seems, political discourse is conducted entirely among Ivy League alumni, usually on Twitter. Yglesias this week honored his Twitter devotees with a philosophical treatise: "The concept of 'redistribution' falsely implies that the existence of property is prior to the existence of the state. #mythofownership."

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And there is this...

S.E. Cupp: Romney only said what Obama always says: That Democrats are victims

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