Queen of the fragrant begonias: The sheer stupidity of the upper-end press corps is often a thing to behold.
Why are we the people so hopelessly uninformed about major budget topics? Consider the latest grinding nonsense from the pen of Gail Collins.
Yesterday was one of those days when Collins pretends to explore an actual policy topic. Yes, she offered endless references to Williams Henry Harrison’s cold; she burned up roughly half her column with this time-killing bullshit. But as she did, she managed to marble in a few thoughts about the Social Security program—more specifically, about the best way to address its projected revenue shortfall.
She clowned, cavorted and carried on. Eventually, though, she offered us this. This may be the dumbest political assessment currently found on the planet:
COLLINS (3/1/12): The basic answer to fixing the long-term Social Security imbalance is just to eliminate the payroll tax cap, which currently exempts all income over $110,100 a year. Do that, and you have solved the problem. Politically speaking, you would probably have to agree to mix a limited tax increase with one of the fixes desired by fiscal conservatives, like reducing benefits for the wealthy, or changing the cost-of-living adjustment or, yeah, raising the retirement age a little. But the main answer is that cap, and anybody who refuses to even discuss the payroll tax cap is not serious about fixing Social Security.Are you kidding? Does Collins really believe that, as a political matter, “you” could eliminate the payroll tax cap if you added a couple of sops to the right, “like reducing benefits for the wealthy?”
Romney has already ruled out the payroll tax cap. Also, he once drove to Canada with his dog tied to the roof of the car. End of story.
Does she think that a president—Barack Obama, let's say—could sanely propose such a deal?
Obviously, that is sheer lunacy. It may be the dumbest political assessment currently found on the planet. But so what! In the very next paragraph, we readers got pleasured by the good solid fun of a dog on the roof of a car!
Incredibly, Collins sits at the very top of your “press corps.” (You might say she’s strapped to its roof.) But why is this person even employed? Why is she part of the press corps at all? And why do we “liberals” tolerate this, even for a suburban minute?
Why are we the people so dumb? Some of us read Gail Collins.