The NY Times offers three articles vying for the coveted "Most Absurd du Jour" award. Our first entry comes from the category "Those Daffy Dems":
...Plenty of people in this income range live in high-cost areas of the Northeast and California and stretched, rightly or wrongly, to afford their homes when real estate prices were higher. They may not consider themselves rich at all, laughable as that may seem to people earning far less in the middle of the country. But they’ve been worried sick as the president has persistently defined them as rich enough to pay more in taxes — at the exact moment when their jobs may be in danger or their small businesses or commission income may be suffering.
These Blue Staters voted in droves for a Democrat who promised to raise their taxes - I can only imagine their surprise that he is doing so. The second entry is filed under "Don't Know Much About History (And Don't Want To) and the topic is Obama's return to Big Government:
“There are striking similarities to Johnson and Great Society,” said Robert Dallek, the presidential historian who has written extensively about Johnson’s promise of an end to poverty, a commitment made in a State of the Union address 45 years ago, and one that he was only able to deliver on in part.
Uh huh - because we are really likely to put 500,000 troops in Afghanistan. Don't think of it as a war, think of it as a shovel-ready stimulus program. And set to one side the notion that Johnson's welfare state, eventually reformed under Clinton, was a social experiment with disastrous results.
The winning entry emerged from the "Carbon Dioxide is Not The Only Gas We Blow" division of the Times. Here they reflect dispassionately on global warning and Obama's proposed cap-and-trade regime:
A "benefit whose value is incalculable" - pure genius. "Ambiguous", "Uncertain" and "Ephemeral" would have been more accurate, given the Times own acknowledgment of the lack of consensus on the scope of the problem and the economics of various solutions, but "incalculable" is not only literally and inarguably correct but it has a much more positive connotation.
RETIRING THE TITLE: I loved this death knell for the Reagan Era in headline of a Friday Times piece on the new Obama budget:
So Obama proposes to increase cumbersome regulation, raise taxes, weaken our national defense, and restore the Soviet Empire. I wish I could say I was surprised.