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Doubling Down

I am one of those folks who never really thought of Grover Norquist as being the face of evil.  At least not evil in the Hellfire and Brimstone sense.  And I don’t think that Paul Krugman really think’s he’s evil either. But, Norquist and his ilk, despite having backed away from the deregulation fiasco–and none have yet acknowledged their policy advisements were in any way, shape, or form irresponsible or disastrous–do still represent a dire threat to our economic future.

Crossposted to The Suicidal Cactus Hour

He isn’t evil. He’s just educated beyond his means of comprehension. Which is true for a good many of the Ivory Tower Elite who make up the NeoConservative “movement.” Impractical idealists who are insulated from the effects of the very policies that they endorse, and insulated from the people that these policies affect. He is “evil” only in the petty, mundane, and all too common variety of selfish arrogance that allows folks who have never really had to struggle or work for that matter, to figure that they’ve managed this because they’re so much brighter than everyone, and then figure that they can experiment with peoples’ lives.

Insulated and unaffected, they don’t see real consequence to the policies that they’ve endorsed, and thus, they really can’t see where these policies will lead us. It is all theory and idealism, and if they are evil, it is a petty, blind, and banal ignorance of cause of effect sort of evil. They aren’t dumb, they’re just not bright enough to connect their policies with effects on real human beings. Just numbers, just theories.

Which, indeed can bare a great deal of sorrow in the world, and that they are ignorant to consequences doesn’t absolve them of responsibility, but I can’t call them Evil. Just a lot dumber than advertised.

Even Grover Norquist has backed away from the policy suggestions he gave the last Administration in order to dull his visibility, because the sad thing is, I think that many are beginning to realize exactly how wrong they were, but their ego won’t let them leave it alone. Instead, you’ve got AEI fellows advising the Tea Party, to give them further deniability.

And until we take their toys away from them, these Boy and Girl Children will play until they break the economy, and the nation. And it is up to us to strip them of their fictional raiment of “small government” and “personal responsibility” while at the same time driving up our budget for nearly a generation,  and supporting policies that violate our privacy, and infringe on citizens’ freedom of religion, and actively supporting policies that will bankrupt our childrens’ futures.  


  1. Jjc2008

    ignorant persons in our city.  He reminds me very much of Grover Nordquist.  His name is Doug Bruce.  He wrote the Tabor amendment.  Instead of getting less visible I saw him the other day on CNN, thus he is seemingly getting more visible.

    I met him years ago when he came to CO from CA.   He was doing petitions for a state amendment in front of a store.  It was against raising the mill levy to raise money for public schools.  I had been teaching here at that time for nearly 20 years.  I tried talking to him reasonably as to why our district, that has not passed a mill levy in over 25 years, needed the money ( I was in a school that at the time needed to put out buckets throughout the school every time it rained. The roof was over two decades old and needed to be replaced but there was no money).  He was rude, obnoxious and condescending.  He basically told me teachers were over paid, and he saw no reason why someone teaching in elementary school needed four years of college, let alone an MA (something all districts were pushing back then).  

    The man has screwed up our state and our city and we still have not recovered.  These pathetic losers need to be stopped.  They are selfish, greedy brats who seem hell bent on making life miserable for everyone so they do not feel so alone in their own self created misery.

    Eventually the district finally passed a mill levy (late 90s) and it took years and years to repair the buildings, update the texts, get in technology.  I am convinced had the citizens not been so convinced by their own greed, it would have cost the city much less had they kept up the buildings all along.  

  2. creamer

    Are you sure they just don’t care?

    I don’t think they’re evil in the biblical sense, but I always have a sneaking suspicion they just don’t care. It’s all about winners and loser’s and as long as they are not losing……

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