05 October 2007

Compassionate Conservatives

Bill Kristol:

"Whenever I hear anything described as a heartless assault on our children, I tend to think it’s a good idea. I’m happy that the president’s willing to do something bad for the kids.”

As usual, Krugman gets it right:

All of the famous Bush malapropisms — “I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family,” and so on — have involved occasions when Mr. Bush was trying to sound caring and compassionate.

By contrast, Mr. Bush is articulate and even grammatical when he talks about punishing people; that’s when he’s speaking from the heart. The only animation Mr. Bush showed during the flooding of New Orleans was when he declared “zero tolerance of people breaking the law,” even those breaking into abandoned stores in search of the food and water they weren’t getting from his administration.

What’s happening, presumably, is that modern movement conservatism attracts a certain personality type. If you identify with the downtrodden, even a little, you don’t belong. If you think ridicule is an appropriate response to other peoples’ woes, you fit right in.

So once again, if you’re poor or you’re sick or you don’t have health insurance, remember this: these people think your problems are funny.


  1. You should pull down the U-Tube video that Jon Stewart ran on Bush trying to explain his reasoning behind his veto. Frightening.

    Then follow with Trent Lott video explaing that the Democrats want to fund SCHIP with a tabacco tax. Lott goes on to say that the tax will cause people to stop smoking and then the tax revenue would diminish. That appeared to sadden him. You can't make this stuff up!

  2. Your blog was much better when you stuck to medical issues. I hope you dont inject your politics in the workplace.


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