[This is actually a little memo to a cultural anthropologist in the distant future who may dig out my scribble about the early 21st century from some ancient server or its contents, on a yet to be discovered medium, stored in a deep cave on some distant moon or planet. That future civilization should know that by the hundreds of millions we really did live and attempt to survive under such governance.]
This afternoon on Fox News Cavuto there was an interview with Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC). The segment made clear that the man’s belief system and understanding of human action is beyond recovery by reasonable argument, and perhaps beyond recovery by any means known to civilization.
For openers, standing apart from many of his fellow Democrats, he neither understood nor agreed that the revocation of the Bush tax cuts would have any significant impact on our economy. To him those tax cuts are immaterial and just allow the rich to pocket more of their ill-earned profits and squirrel them away in fallow “Swiss bank accounts”. These same people do nothing to invest in America and in enterprises that create jobs. Job creation actually results from giving tiny tax cuts to 60 million Americans, per Obama’s plan, who then go out there and create jobs by spending the marginal pittances that government deigns to leave them.
The 47% of Americans who pay no federal income tax don’t do so because “they don’t make enough income” to pay taxes. People who “make less than $20K a year” shouldn’t have to pay taxes, and that’s why the 47% are free from federal income tax. Cavuto had no luck trying to convince him that almost half the working age population of the United States did NOT earn $20K or less a year. Clyborn stuck to his guns.
The interview - with Clyburn denigrating people who make money, invest, and create jobs - continued in this fashion for about ten minutes with Cavuto calm but a bit incredulous, along with his audience no doubt. I think it is good to parade these butt stupid legislators in front of a national audience on a regular basis. Else we would lose sight of what an imbecilic body Congress has become, and begin searching for solutions to the country’s problems in all the wrong places. The question, of course, naturally arises as to what kinds of constituencies exist out there to regularly send legislators like Clyburn to Washington and to their state capitols.