Conservatives are used to having their intelligence insulted by the mainstream media. I’m therefore grateful to liberal columnist Jonathan Alter for having the magnanimity to insult the intelligence not only of conservatives, but of the entire electorate.
Alter’s recent column, in which he cheerleads President Obama to give Republicans hell with a “bold” new jobs plan, reveals profound contempt for the average American. It also showcases the intellectual bankruptcy of modern liberal economics, whose adherents have no idea how to revive an economy that has surpassed its capacity for massive Keynesian deficit spending.
This condescension to average voters is something to behold. While insisting that Obama’s plan to create a federal infrastructure bank is “a good idea,” Alter calls it “tone deaf politically” because “many voters don’t really know what infrastructure means.” Is this how America looks from the Upper West Side of Manhattan?
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Alter applauds Obama’s desire for more stimulus, but warns him not to actually use the word “stimulus.” That word, he says, has become “stigmatized” (presumably by the colossal failure of the first stimulus). Better to call the new stimulus something else, Alter suggests, like the “Jobs First” agenda.
Yeah, that’s the ticket. Changing the brand-name will instantly allay the concerns of voters who fear that we’re borrowing and spending ourselves into oblivion.
Some voters might be insulted by the suggestion that a little creative relabeling will fool them into embracing policies they would otherwise reject. To paraphrase my grandmother, we voters may be dumb but we’re not stupid.
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