Need a laugh? Read “Bonuses for Billionaires”

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    That’s the title of this column by Nicholas Kristof. He begins by explaining how he came to understand “came to understand how much sense the Tea Party caucus makes.” Of course, if Republicans really believe their logic that the wealthy are the ones who create jobs, they really don’t go far enough. So in this column he carries out their logic to its logical end, in a series of jabs that are, shall we say, not exactly how the Republicans and those financing them (Koch, Bors., anyone?) would want to be portrayed.

    The title comes from the first such offering, about which he writes

    Republicans won’t extend unemployment benefits, even in the worst downturn in 70 years, because that makes people lazy about finding jobs. They’re right: We should be creating incentives for Americans to rise up the food chain by sending hefty checks to every new billionaire. This could be paid for with a tax surcharge on regular working folks. It’s the least we can do.

    Likewise, the government should take sterner measures against the persistent jobless. Don’t just let their unemployment benefits expire. Take their homes!

    Oh, never mind! Silly me! The banks are already doing that.

    Please keep reading –   of course I mean the Kristof, but I have a few more words below the fold.

    The examples are “juicy.”  The column is almost worthy of Jon Stewart, although it does lack the bleepable worthy explectives that comedian inserts into his routine.

    And I cannot easily summarize.  I won’t even try.   You should read the whole thing.

    I will give you a sense of what is coming, by listing the remaining categories, each of which is done in a fashion similar to Bonuses for Billionaires – the titles (which I will provide) in bold followed by the justification for the approach and then some additional remarks in which Kristof twists the knife he has inserted.

    Thus one experiences his commentary on

    LET JOBS TRICKLE DOWN

    ROOT OUT SOCIALISM

    CHILL OUT ABOUT THE DEBT CEILING

    CONSIDER ASSET SALES

    RENT OUT CONGRESS

    Oh, what the hell, I can’t resist.   Let me offer the two brief paragraphs for the last:

    If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, we could also auction members of Congress for day jobs: Are you a financier who wants someone to flip burgers (steaks?) at your child’s birthday party? Why, here’s Eric Cantor! Many members of Congress already work on behalf of tycoons, and this way the revenue would flow to the Treasury.

    Finally, if we risk default, let’s rent out the Capitol for weddings to raise money for the public good. Wouldn’t it be nice to see something positive emerge from the House?

    Yes it would be good to see something positive emerge from the House, although I don’t know how that will be possible with the current crew in charge, them beholden to the Tea Party element of their party.

    But WTF –  ah, I found a proper use of the initials for the PResident’s “Win the Future” campaign!

    Meanwhile, I am in Wise Virginia where after we have breakfast we will set up for the 12th annual Remote Area Medical and Mission of Mercy free health and dental fair.

    Somehow I think what I am doing is far more positive for America than anything to have come from the House Republicans.

    Hope you had a good laugh.   Now you know why we have to keep fighting.

    Peace –  for us and for the Americans who need are help, but not until we have won the war against those who would destroy our country for ideology and for the benefit of those already wealthy and powerful.

    • Teddy Goodson

      I am laughing…. once I realized Mr. Kristof’s suggestions were not supposed to be serious (at first they sounded almost mainstream sincere). As The Grand Bargain is taking shape, it looks to be certain that Medicare and Medicaid will be chopped to such an extent that next year your Remote Area Mission of Mercy will be broadened to include Formerly Comfortable Suburbs of the Former Middle Class.