Friday, September 16, 2005

Well, Excuse Me

Anyone been feeling like the country’s being run by comedians but just didn’t have any concrete evidence to point to? And, of course, by "evidence" I mean besides this...


... or this...


... or this...


... or this...


Well, for me, proof came in Friday’s edition of the Los Angeles Times, when Jonathan Chait pointed out a Grover Norquist quote in a recent New York Times article. “Step one is you deal with the problem – rebuild New Orleans,” the Pied Piper of tax cuts and teeny-tiny government told the Times, “and step two, you enact economic policies so you can afford to rebuild New Orleans.”

Compare that statement with a quote from noted economist and financial whiz Steve Martin, cribbed from his wild and crazy, arrow-through-the-head days: “You can be a millionaire and never pay taxes,” Martin once opined. “You say, ‘Steve, how can I be a millionaire and never pay taxes?' First, get a million dollars.”

Are these people for real? We’re going to fight a $200 billion (and counting) war in Iraq and rebuild New Orleans from the ground up by growing our way out of it? Seriously?

In that case, let me be the first to nominate Steve Martin for President...


We could do worse.

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