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A little less than a happy high
Tucker Carlson on "Social Justice"
Sunday morning, I found myself watching "fearless television" as hosted by the power-bowtied Tucker Carlson. I don't know why I do things like this to myself. Perhaps it's in the name of understanding. Perhaps I'm just an information junkie. I'm sure you have your own ideas at this point.

Carlson was talking Paul O'Neill, once Dubya's Secretary of the Treasury, about Social Security reform. In the course of the conversation, O'Neill talked about his belief that the United States as a society should aspire have every working American enter retirement with $1 million. He said it was something that was within our power to do should we make it a priority. Before he was able to actually go into details about how he was proposing this could work (which, given everything else he was saying, would require at least a degree of personal savings), Carlson objected...

"How can you say that it is just for Americans who have more money because they worked harder to be asked to make up the difference for people who didn't work hard at all?"

The implications here are staggering, and I'll confess that I have a difficult time appreciating how anyone can have such a narrow understanding of the world. For Carlson, if you have money, you must have toiled and sacrificed and if you do not, you were lazy and wasteful. Because the presence of wealth is the only true measure of one's worth, wealth justifies itself. The deserving have. The undeserving do not. Simple, n'est-ce pas?
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From: corvus_coronis Date: January 12th, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I saw shrub's latest little economic announcemnt on the news today, basically going on about how the nation was running out of funds & wouldnt be able to provide social security by 2018 so were going to publically educate you on what were about to do on it bla bla - & I kept thinking on how much of this was the result of money wasted on that war & other things? I watched with interest becaue Australia tends to follow US trends (a couple of years behind usually) & the PM we've got is a particularly osequious specimen of the breed.
komos From: komos Date: January 12th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's curious how American conservatives have cleaved to the idea that deficit spending doesn't matter just so long as it's funding tax cuts, corporate subsidies, and military expenditures. As soon as you start talking about the cost of social programs, they will cry foul and clamor about the money not being available.

Does your PM take most of his direction from his personal conversations with God?
From: corvus_coronis Date: January 13th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not directly, no - but he’s apparently happy to tag along with the type of people who do so I suppose that’s a bit like being a passive (holy) smoker.
komos From: komos Date: January 13th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Second-hand smoke religion is a drag...
mudguts From: mudguts Date: January 12th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

oh wise and just king,

this lady and myself have between us a child.
we cannot reconcile to whom should the tastiest portions be allotted.
we beseech your infinite powers of awesome...
ham or ribs?
komos From: komos Date: January 12th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: oh wise and just king,

Ribs for everyone!

... but I get the sweetmeats. I always get the sweetmeats because I'm the guy with the sword.
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