Monday, October 23, 2006

You've fooled them, haven't you Michael? Well, you haven't fooled me.

Peggy Noonan is one of the craziest conservative writers out there but this new column sinks to a heretofore unimagined low. She conflates dancing, political skills and sense of humor into some sort of mishmash of a call for more bullshit in politics.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has dance. In a debate the other night he accused challenger Phil Angelides of reflexively backing tax hikes. The Los Angeles Times: "At one point, smiling across the stage at his rival, the governor taunted: 'I can tell by the joy you see in your eyes when you talk about taxes, you just love to increase taxes. . . . Look out there right now and just say, 'I love increasing your taxes.' " That's a gift for the game.

I didn't watch that debate but the moment she describes reads as Arnold being more sadistic, that funny. But that's probably because I come from a strange worldview that realizes that nobody WANTS to raise taxes, they just have to once in while to balance the budget.


Overdroid said...

That's not true. I want to raise taxes. A whole bunch. But only for corporations and rich people.

Dean Wormer said...

But do you want to raise taxes with a quiet resolution or a maniacal glee? That's what I was trying to get at.

Don Snabulus said...

I want to be quietly maniacal, but not about taxes. We can actually cut taxes if we decrease our defense budget to only twice that of China and Russia combined. We could rebuild some serious infrastructure and even build a better ground army instead of ineffectual high-tech super gadgets like the F-22 that aren't an improvement on anything.

Dean Wormer said...

My own recipe would be a mix of both of your ideas-

Make the tax code more progressive with the well-to-do harder hit.

Cut the defense budget- hell you could probably keep our current level of preparadness at a much lower cost if you just squeezed Halliburton out of the picture.

Lower taxes on the middle class and poor.