Jacob Weisberg Is an Idiot

I’ll just extract this nugget:

I don’t mean to suggest that honesty is what separates the two parties. Increasingly, the crucial distinction is between the minority of serious politicians in either party who are prepared to speak directly about our choices, on the one hand, and the majority who indulge the public’s delusions, on the other. I would put President Obama and his economic team in the first group, along with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Republicans are more indulgent of the public’s unrealism in general, but Democrats have spent years fostering their own forms of denial. Where Republicans encourage popular myths about taxes, spending, and climate change, Democrats tend to stoke our fantasies about the sustainability of entitlement spending as well as about the cost of new programs.

Except that the President and his administration don’t speak realistically to our choices at all. The President lies to all and sundry when he claims that 95% of the populace will not see tax increases under his plans, when he claims that he’d like to see the health care reform debates televised on C-SPAN, when he claims that the vast majority of the negotiation was in fact carried on that network, when the Democrats attempting to ram the legislation through hold behind-closed-doors meetings to determine how best to structure the legislation so as to game the CBO scoring, when Senators claim that others are lying when they state that most of the health care coverage wouldn’t kick in until 2013, when Obama tells people that they are going to be able to keep their coverage if they’re happy with it but then turns around and admits when it’s dead that some provisions were “snuck” into the bills that would have prevented that, when Geithner uses AIG to bail out financial firms with whom he’s had close relations and then attempts to stonewall . . . the list goes on and on.

And I personally believe that there’s another major actor in this equation that somehow gets elided in Weisberg’s account, and that is the legacy media, who were so busy shilling for this one-term Senator and presenting him as a secular messiah that they overlooked his strange associations and socialist leanings, his lack of real accomplishment in any department beyond autobiography and general self-promotion, and the likely real economic impacts of the Keynesian fairy dust that he used in an attempt to wrest control of large swaths of the economy. They soft-peddled the grotesque behavior of Fannie and Freddie in the creation of the mortgage meltdown that swallowed our economy. They helped to provide cover for the financial malfeasance that emanated out of Congress, in an attempt (informed or uninformed) to back Obama’s strategy of blaming Bush, as though there were but one branch of government responsible for spending gone amok, and as if Bush had not at several points in his terms attempted to bring the lenders under control. They continue to provide massaged statistics, just as they promoted the Anthropogenic Global Warming fraud. The legacy media conned a lot of people. They got what they wanted, politically. Now, it’s not their fault, oh no.

This is just a restatement of the you people don’t deserve to prosper because you aren’t smart enough to understand the benefits of Obamaism meme.

Tell you what, Jacob. There are a lot of people who are paying for bad decisions made by government in their name. Those representatives aren’t really feeling the pinch, most of them. Shut the fuck up, do your job, and make sure that your colleagues are doing theirs, thank you very much. And, hey . . . grow up.

We don’t need lecturing from the likes of you. That’s Obama’s job, apparently.

P.S. There’s a lot more pabulum for whiners linked under his post.

N.B. The Rhetorican was all over this already, and points out Ed Driscoll’s response, which will have to do till Treach gets back.

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6 Comments on Jacob Weisberg Is an Idiot

  1. Thorisa Cheesedick // 02/06/2010 at 4:16 pm // Reply

    WTF is it with these people? Can anyone honestly say that the Health Care legislation has been properly debated and should be passed? The fact that special deals and exemptions were handed out is an indication that the “shared sacrifice”, “transparency of the process”, and other stupid cliches too numberous to list, shows what a complete and utter failure our government has become.
    I had a problem with a denied health insurance claim. What I found out was quite amazing. The paperwork the doctors were required to fill out was contradictory and confusing, and therefore, incorrectly completed, and subsequently denied.
    During my appeal, I was given copies of all the forms, and guess what? Each section of the form(s) contained a reference to the State of California Insurance code. That’s right. The state government was the problem. All it took was five minutes with an insurance lawyer who told me what to have my doctors do, and about half a day to construct an appeal. Problem solved!
    Anyone peddling the bullsh!t that government intervention will be a panacea for any adverse circumstances you face is an @$$hole.

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  2. i’m just eyeing the huge disaster coming our way in the guise of Medicare.

    How about a credible reform for that, first?

    [not going to happen under Obama, and tough sell under any Prez, but looks like the money runs out now.]

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    • Thorisa Cheesedick // 02/06/2010 at 6:34 pm // Reply

      It’s truly amazing that many still don’t realize that an ever expanding government is unsustainable. For some, freedom is too risky.

      BTW, what happened to thormaphrodite? Did it finally join that tranny sorority?

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  3. This post has been linked for the HOT5 Daily 2/7/2010, at The Unreligious Right

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