Monday, February 23, 2009

Brooksie an Out of the Closet Socialist

I used to read David Brooks regularly as the New York Times lone fiscal conservative. But he started getting mushy. In his recent column, titled Money for Idiots, he starts out by talking about how Americans are uncomfortable with bailouts for other people's crappy mortages. The prudent people reward the reckless people. OK. So where does he end up with this train of thought?
And they seem to understand the big thing. The nation’s economy is not just the sum of its individuals. It is an interwoven context that we all share. To stabilize that communal landscape, sometimes you have to shower money upon those who have been foolish or self-indulgent. The greedy idiots may be greedy idiots, but they are our countrymen. And at some level, we’re all in this together. If their lives don’t stabilize, then our lives don’t stabilize.

Gag! Ah Brooksie, what happened? This is supposedly one of the most influential "conservative" columnists out there. The US has become Sweden.

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