I have got to get my remote. I suddenly tuned my ears in to hear Jon Stewart playing a clip of some guy saying "So how do we reduce the deficit? By cutting spending." End clip and the audience erupts into...hilarious LAUGHTER. I shit you not. Then I looked over and he says "Hey, you know what else would work? Put up the graph, guys..." points to graph, "Getting rid of the Bush tax cuts!" and suddenly the high climbing debt levels back down to 1980 levels or wherever it started. Oh. my. God. WHAT ARE THEY TEACHING THESE MORONS ABOUT ECONOMICS??
Ok, just for my own sanity I'm going to repeat the obvious. You raise taxes (because these are not cuts anymore; they're *rates*) and then assume that profits and jobs and tax revenues are going to remain at their current levels (and even rise)?? IT DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY. Business-killing, job-killing tax increases actually kill, you know, businesses and jobs...thus your rates may increase and your revenues go DOWN. Jeeeezzzzzz forget it; you know what? It's of limited use (because you can't plug in actual numbers that way) but just look up how the fucking Laffer curve works, Jon you IDIOT. Then learn WHY it works the way it does. And then you will realize what an absolute jackass you are, but on the positive side you'll have learned something actually worth knowing. And McEwan had the GALL to call HIM a conservative? I'm sorry, she's somewhere to the left of Stalin - like as far to his left as it's possible to go - so maybe I shouldn't look at her stuff anymore. I just like to keep my friends close and my enemies closer.
Yay, remote - buhbye Jonny; get the fuck off the television. Who let him on anyway?
ETA: Caddyshack uncut! Awesome!