Quote of the week

Did the “resolution” of the “debt crisis” leave you with vague feelings of “disgruntlement” and an urge to pepper pages with “scare quotes”? Allow Robert Stacy McCain to put matters into their proper perspective:

We all got screwed over in a lousy deal.

It doesn’t matter, in this context, whether you’re a left-winger who wants to tax Donald Trump into the poorhouse, or a right-winger who wants to zero out the budget for the National Endowment for the Arts.

At a moment like this, the real division is between Chumps, who foolishly expected politicians to deliver on their promises, and Cynics, who never for a moment expected anything other than a bipartisan swindle. And in case you were in the former category — an idealistic young True Believer who hasn’t lived long enough to cultivate the cynicism necessary to understand how politics really works — isn’t it high time you grow the hell up?

Truth be told, I don’t know how the cynics manage to keep up. Whatever little BS meters they have in the back of their heads have probably been at full deflection for several years now.



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    4 August 2011 · 8:37 am

    I bought one that does exponential notation by default. It helps a little.

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