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He’s Finally Done it! Bob Herbert Sets a New Standard for Idiocy at The New York Times

posted at 9:47 pm on February 13, 2011 by

Ever wonder how Bob Herbert got hired at the Times? I’ll bet editor Bill Keller is wondering that today after reading the columnist’s latest world-class nutbaggery, which was layered paragraph upon paragraph like some sort of delusion cake. I’ll spare you all of the details: just consider a few “highlights”:

• “More and more Americans are being left behind in an economy that is being divided ever more starkly between the haves and the have nots.”

• “As poverty increases and reliable employment becomes less and less the norm, the dwindling number of workers with any sort of job security or guaranteed pensions (think teachers and other modestly compensated public employees) are being viewed with increasing contempt.”

• “…there are not enough tax revenues being generated to pay for the basic public services that one would expect in an advanced country like the U.S. The rich are not shouldering their fair share of the tax burden.”

• “The U.S. cannot cut its way out of this crisis.”

• “Long-term joblessness is a recipe for societal destabilization. It should not be tolerated in a country with as much wealth as the United States. It’s destructive, and it’s wrong.”

Hey, everyone: the genius Bob Herbert thinks anyone who pays taxes isn’t paying enough. Don’t be fooled about his rhetoric concerning “the rich”: you could confiscate every penny from the rich and it wouldn’t be enough.

Hell, former Obama budget director Peter Orszag admitted as much last September, noting that a “middle-class tax increase is unavoidable, but it will probably take a bond crisis to push politicians to act.”

No, folks: apparently Bob Herbert believes you’re not paying enough. After all, you’re only paying federal, state and local income taxes. FICA and Medicare taxes. Property taxes. Excise taxes. Gas taxes. Sales taxes. Fees for registering your car, your dog, adding on to your house. Taxes on your phone calls, your cable TV, your Internet connections. Can you think of anything that isn’t taxed?

And don’t say breathing because the EPA is working on carbon dioxide regulations as we speak.

In short, Bob Herbert believes that government isn’t big enough! Despite massive borrowing, crippling levels of debt at every level of government, imminent bankruptcy for states and municipalities, and pension plans that are collapsing as we speak, Herbert wants more government control!

Bob Herbert is going to cure unemployment by taking more money from the employers.

Yes, folks, this is what passes for informed commentary among the Leftists. They are all economic illiterates who view government as some sort of heroic enterprise and private business as the enemy. And yet they complain about unemployment while pillorying the engines of job creation.

Herbert’s intellectual peers have created endless bureaucracies, endless agencies, endless central planning experiments, and Politburo-style control of every aspect of our lives. They control health care, how cars are built, the kind of mileage cars must achieve, where we can drill for oil and gas, how much water can flow into a toilet, light bulb design, carbon dioxide emission, how much dust a farmer can kick into the air, “light pollution”, and tens of thousands of other areas.

Herbert and his ilk have created hundreds of thousands of pages of regulations, laws and dictates. They have authored so many different rules that no one on the planet has a full grasp of their scope.

And still they are not enough for the Times and its preeminent dimwit, Bob Herbert.

The progressives’ greed has no limits. Because they never learn: no matter how many times their Statist agenda fails, they insist it was because it wasn’t big enough.

Bob Herbert is a thought leader for progressives, which proves once and for all that liberalism is the philosophy of the stupid. There can no longer be any argument over that issue.

 
Cross-posted at: Doug Ross @ Journal.

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In the case of Bob Herbert — or Paul Krugman, Frank Rich, Gail Collins or MoDo — I believe George Will had the proper response, when someone wrote that Norman Mailer’s latest writing had hit an all-time low — “Not as long as he has access to typewriter and paper.” Just substitute ‘keyboard’ and ‘computer’ for ‘typewriter’ and ‘paper’, and that’s pretty much true for over half of the Times’ op-ed columnist staff

jon1979 on February 14, 2011 at 12:49 AM

Blue, are you a glutton for punishment or something? Why people even read these guys, except to delight in their delusional rantings, is beyond me.

BigAlSouth on February 14, 2011 at 6:59 AM

Our government has become a top heavy albatross run by dumbkofs whose only solutions(if there are any left)are more of what got us into this in the first place. Welfare over whelming–well add more of course. Unions reaching into fast emptying pockets, why just aks for more. Businesses having gone/are dissolving at a record rate, why just add more regulations, taxes and fees. That’ll solve it all. Almost half our population not paying ANY taxes at all and government adding a few more of these every year–well isn’t that a grand solution. Solve the not enough revenue problem by adding more drains on the system. And we’ll cure all this by taxing wealthy into paupers to support it, that should give us a few more years of liberal idiocy. Yep, everything is under control. Not to worry.

jeanie on February 14, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Oh, and I forgot the best one of all–Dear Leader has proposed a 3.73 trillion dollar budget for 2012. One thing you can say about him, he’s certainly a optimist.

jeanie on February 14, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Doubling down on stupid.

rbj on February 14, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Ever wonder how Bob Herbert got hired at the Times? I’ll bet editor Bill Keller is wondering that today after reading the columnist’s latest world-class nutbaggery, which was layered paragraph upon paragraph like some sort of delusion cake.

No one at the NYT (or among most of its readership) is wondering anything except maybe why anyone would object to such obvious truths. When I clicked through to here I thought there’d be something new and ridiculous, but this is the same old ridiculous you can find anywhere. It’s boring lefty dogma, and Herbert is just preaching to the choir.

zerosheep on February 14, 2011 at 11:19 AM

My dog is more intelligent than Bob Herbert and he’s dead.

GT on February 14, 2011 at 4:44 PM

If we’re going to start confiscating money, let’s start with the Heinz-Kerrys and the Kennedy clan….show us the way Kennedys, give all you have down to the last mansion.

I hate these limolibs

clnurnberg on February 15, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Stupid? No. Delusional? Yes. In need of psychiatric care? Yes.

Hard Right on February 16, 2011 at 1:46 PM