Tuesday, September 28, 2010

It's those other people sucking on the government teat

Matt Taibbi knocks another one out of the park:

"Let me get this straight," I say to David. "You've been picking up a check from the government for decades, as a tax assessor, and your wife is on Medicare. How can you complain about the welfare state?"

"Well," he says, "there's a lot of people on welfare who don't deserve it. Too many people are living off the government."

"But," I protest, "you live off the government. And have been your whole life!"

"Yeah," he says, "but I don't make very much." Vast forests have already been sacrificed to the public debate about the Tea Party: what it is, what it means, where it's going. But after lengthy study of the phenomenon, I've concluded that the whole miserable narrative boils down to one stark fact: They're full of shit. All of them. At the voter level, the Tea Party is a movement that purports to be furious about government spending — only the reality is that the vast majority of its members are former Bush supporters who yawned through two terms of record deficits and spent the past two electoral cycles frothing not about spending but about John Kerry's medals and Barack Obama's Sixties associations. The average Tea Partier is sincerely against government spending — with the exception of the money spent on them.
And underneath all the high minded, libertarian anti-government posturing: the baffled, rage and fury at the thought that in any way, any of their tax money might be spent on brown people.

1 comment:

Jymn Parrett said...

Taibbi has never before been so brilliant in that little snippet here. "I've concluded that the whole miserable narrative boils down to one stark fact: They're full of shit. All of them." I wish the US media would take this quote and broadcast it...or at least read it. But, they won't.

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