Monday, January 25, 2010


In the now long-running series of “Idiots,” where we wonder—how and why are Democrats such idiots?—we have another entry: Obama to endorse deficit reduction commission bill. Idiots, is really the only rational response you can have to this.

The short response to this development is the H.L. Mencken quotation: “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” Of course, there’s simply no way this is a good idea: there’s no way cutting the deficit will lead to less unemployment. It just won’t happen. And surely Obama knows that the source of the long-term deficit isn’t entitlements, it’s health care costs. Surely he knows it because he’s made the argument himself.

This looks like the type of pandering that would be risible if it weren’t dangerous. But since it’s the latter, it’s got a dark humor about it: let’s all cater to people’s mistaken whims! People always think the deficit is a problem, but—I guarantee this—will oppose any specific way of getting it done. The worst part about this is that Obama can come out and stake out a strong position on something that makes no sense, but can’t come out and support a health care bill that would actually improve people’s lives and reduce the deficit (which was the point of all this, right?!?). Which is why Democrats are…idiots.

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