Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cruising the Web

The WSJ calls out the President in how Obama likes to single out and then demonize those who disagree with him as friends and supporters of fat cats. This from the guy who garnered nearly a million dollars from Goldman Sachs employees.

Geroge Neumayr
is also thinking about civility. He notes the different approach that liberals take to civility and respect for government when it comes to the tea partiers compared to tenured radicals who made their chops protesting against government plus the rhetoric thundering from Jeremiah Wright's pulpit that Obama didn't seem to mind for twenty years.
No one is more authoritarian than a successful left-wing revolutionary: he rises to power by extolling dissent, then stays in power by suppressing it.

Were the Tea Partiers rabid left-wing professors instead of patriotic Americans, they would receive tenure and places of honor at high-brow luncheons. Were they veterans of UC Berkeley's Free Speech Movement, they would serve as nostalgic subjects for a Time retrospective. Were Tea Partiers "demonizing" the American government in the deepest sense -- teaching the young to view the Founding Fathers with patronizing contempt and the documents they wrote as reactionary relics to be replaced by a "living Constitution" -- they would have jobs in the Obama administration.

George Will pays tribute to the man he rightly terms "the nation's most interesting governor," Chris Christie. The teachers union is attacking him full throttle for the shocking request that they actually pay something to contribute to their own health care policies. They claim that he's damaging "the children" if they have to pay a mere 1.5% towards their own health insurance. Balderdash!

Perhaps those teachers who are so very concerned about "the children" might think twice of posting on Facebook, where kids and the public can view their posts, their rantings against the governor.
In Facebook messages visible to the world — not to mention their students — the teachers have called Christie fat, compared him to a genocidal dictator and wished he was dead. The postings are often riddled with bad grammar and misspellings.
Charming, just charming.

Perhaps the inability of the teachers unions to think that their members should share in the sacrifices that the rest of New Jersey citizens have been making in these tough times explains why voters went to the polls this week and rejected in record numbers a majority of the school budgets that were on the ballot there. Christie had asked voters to reject school budgets in districts where teachers had not agreed to a pay freeze. And voters did reject 59% of those budgets. Voters are indeed waking up to what the public employees unions have done to their state.

Dana Milbank has a lot of fun with Joe Biden's lackluster delivery of a speech touting the nation's supposed economic recovery.

James Taranto
has a lot of fun with EJ Dionne's huffing an puffing about the tea parties being the "populism of the privileged." As Taranto writes,
What exactly does Dionne mean by "privileged"? It seems unlikely that the group he describes includes many who have inherited wealth or special legal advantages. Rather, they are, by and large, people who have worked hard to get ahead. Dionne resents them as "privileged" because they are successful.

Further, if we shouldn't take the tea-party movement seriously because it consists of "the privileged," how seriously should we take E.J. Dionne? We don't know how much the Washington Post pays him, but our educated guess is that it's considerably more than the median tea partygoer makes.

Even more to the point, think of what the tea-party people have done to draw Dionne's disdain: exercise their right to free speech. Think about the enormous privilege Dionne enjoys in that regard. His position at the Washington Post gives him an enormous megaphone, a far greater degree of political influence than most individuals, including tea-party activists, can ever hope to enjoy. For Dionne to sneer at them for being "privileged" shows an enormous lack of self-awareness and class.
Where else, but on the left, would middle-class voters be dismissed and told that their opinions were worthless?

5 comments:

David said...

E J Dionne on "privilege"...following is from Wikipedia entry for Dionne:

"He attended Portsmouth Abbey School, a Benedictine college preparatory school in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Dionne holds a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University (1973), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a DPhil in Sociology from Balliol College, Oxford (1982), where he was a Rhodes Scholar."

ic said...

"...voters did reject 59% of those budgets..."

Voters of the districts who voted to pass the budgets without teachers' concessions loved to be taxed. The governor should take note of that, and targets them for higher taxes.

Suggestion: To pull the rug under the TeaPartiers, the Dems should raise the taxes of those who love to be taxed, and lower the taxes of those who complain. There would not be a TeaPartier left.

Even I would support POR.

ic said...

E.J. Dionne: We are superior beings, went to superior schools, have superior jobs, earn superior amount of money, we deserve, in fact, we demand superior status, superior privileges, superior positions to tell the unwashed what to do, how to think.

The problem with America is: any dimwitted morons could get ahead, make more money than we do, just becasue they worked their tails off. Another problem with America is, any moron who wants to go to college could go to college, even in a place called Idaho. For instance, that woman who has a degree from Idaho is making tons of money telling other morons to think for themselves. Oh, that radio talker who "sits behind his golden microphone" doesn't even have a degree.

The morons never remember their stations, they should not be allowed our privileges. It's grating to our souls.

PolticalJunkie2008 said...

The Silver Lining of the Health Care Cloud Over Mitt Romney: http://mittromneycentral.com/2010/04/22/the-silver-lining-of-the-health-care-cloud-over-mitt-romney/

Pat Patterson said...

It's also relevant that something like 1/3rd of the school districts in NJ are known as Abbott districts after a series of court cases that essentially provided for parity in funding. That doesn't change unless the state can go back to the courts and get the rulings modified.