Thursday, June 02, 2005

Life in the Leisure Class

Doubtless you've already come across reports of DNC Dr. Dean's insult du jour. According to the good doctor:
"a lot of [Republicans] have never made an honest living in their lives."
Funny, but you'd think the party that captured Wisconsin for Kerry and Washington for Gregoire on the strength of the felon vote would be a little more circumspect with the phrase 'honest living.'

On the other hand, perhaps Dean means to suggest that the Republican party is now dominated by welfare recipients. In reality, though, the average Republican must work harder than the average Democrat. After all, in addition to supporting himself, the Republican must simultaneously support a few Democr, err, 'economically challenged' citizens. For example, last year I paid enough federal taxes to keep two families of four above the poverty line. After doing so, I was berated by a Democratic friend for having the unmitigated gall to pay more in taxes than she managed to earn, even though, in her view, her work was of far greater societal importance than mine. What did I do? I, again, successfully preserved nearly $100 billion in investor wealth from depredation by litigation. What did she do? She, again, failed to cure cancer.

Back to Dean's quote, I'll sum up my thoughts on the "honest living" smear simply by noting that, attached to most every open palm, one is quite likely to discover a Democratic voter.

For no obvious reason, I'm reminded of Jonah Goldberg's recently quotation (he attributed it only to an anonymous wag) to the effect that "wanting someone else's money is called 'need,' wanting to keep your own money is called 'greed,' and 'compassion' is when politicians arrange the transfer." The gist changes not a wit if one substitutes Democratic, Republican and compromise, for need, greed and compassion, respectively.

Read ABP's whole report -- Dr. Dean never disappoints. On a related note, it appears his schtick doesn't play to well with Democrats who do make an honest living. Contributions have virtually dried up during the Insultinator's short tenure. The Republicans apparently have a 5-1 advantage in the fund-raising battle. Here's hoping the trend continues . . .