March 08, 2009

Quote of the Day

Conor Friedersdorf, on this "Going John Galt" nonsense:

Do you know why we're in a position where this sort of massive expansion of government is possible? It is partly because America’s professional class — its lawyers, engineers, and doctors, those meritocrats who “got into the better colleges and grad schools” — voted in large numbers for the Democratic candidate. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that affluent professional meritocrats, who often live in urban centers and prize competence, spent the 2008 campaign being told by the GOP ticket that big city professionals live in fake America, that a diploma from an elite college is reason for suspicion, that the wine these folks drink marks them as less authentic than the beer of their compatriots, etc...

What does the average, apolitical law firm partner or neurosurgeon or mechanical engineer think when he flips on the television and sees Joe the Plumber being held up as the face of the Republican Party? Do they think, “This is a party that is going to reward meritocrats like me,” or do they think, “I’ve got a choice between a party that’s going to insult my intelligence, and another that’s going to take a slightly higher percentage of my annual earnings.”

I love this idea that businessmen won't hire people if their taxes are a few percentage points higher, but will have no problem completely withdrawing from the economy. I'm sure that'll catch on among a couple dozen people nationwide.

Posted by Stephen Silver at March 8, 2009 05:31 PM
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