Monday, December 19, 2011
Send In The Clowns
Salon just named everyone's favorite old weasel, George Will, to this year's list of the 30 biggest pundit hacks. That would have been enough amusement in itself, but today Will was aghast in his column (as always, gratuitously wordy self-pleasure) at Newt Gingrich for bashing capitalism! Now, other fellow conservatives pretty much consider Newt to be the current Joe Isuzu, but when he criticized Mitt Romney for making his $300 million by bankrupting corporations and laying people off, Will went on the warpath.
Romney had previously faulted anti-government Newt for charging $30,000 an hour to "advise" the unloved semi-government agency Freddie Mac (collecting $1.6 million total), prompting Newtie's return jibe at Mitt's equally ill-gotten gains. Will maintains, in high dudgeon, that "firms like Bain Capital are indispensible for wealth creation...and we should welcome such animal spirits (as shown in the photo above of Mitt's early days at Bain) and hope for political leadership that will hasten the day when American conditions are again receptive to them."
Now, when did the day pass when the richest just manipulate money, debt and Wall Street jitters instead of actually do work and produce something of value? And why is the end stage of capitalism, absurd globalized financialization, touted as the desirable sort -- instead of a civilized system which isn't just a mindless race to the bottom?
If he's lost George's affections, at least Newt has the endorsement of former Congressman Grandy (Gopher of Love Boat fame), who is also an idea man: he claims the OWS movement is an Islamic plot against the United States. It just keeps getting funnier.
Seriously, though, PLEASE nominate Newt for president this August in Tampa, GOPers! The world loves a clown.