Sunday, November 11, 2012

Kristol: "It won't kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires."

By Michael J.W. Stickings

You know what they say about broken clocks? Well, Krazy Bill Kristol is like a broken clock.

Actually, no. A broken clock is right twice a day, whereas Kristol is right only once in a blue moon.

And I had no idea that there was a blue moon today. As he said on Fox News Sunday, one of his regular haunts:

It won't kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires. It really won't, I don't think.

Well done, Bill. It won't. (And it wouldn't kill the country to raise them by a bit more than a little bit.) Now I know you're a millionaire, but was that so hard?

Perhaps not, but then he went back to being his usual hackish self:

I don't really understand why Republicans don't take Obama's offer.

Really, Bill? Ever heard of Grover Norquist? You yourself have been one of the masterminds of Republican absolutism, both political and ideological -- like when you wouldn't do a deal on health-care reform back during the Clinton years. Do you have no understanding of how your own party works these days?

Perhaps not, and it got worse:

Really? The Republican Party is going to fall on its sword to defend a bunch of millionaires, half of whom voted Democratic and half of whom live in Hollywood and are hostile?

Now this is just stupid. Half of all millionaires live in Hollywood and vote Democratic? When you say such a thing, all you do is prove you have zero credibility.

As our co-blogger Frank Moraes noted in his review of Andrew Gelman's book Red State Blue State Rich State Poor State yesterday, Republicans win the rich vote pretty much everywhere. California is one of the few exceptions, but there are millionaires (and billionaires) everywhere, and most of them aren't Hollywood lefties.

Ever heard of Corporate America, Bill? It tends to bankroll your entire party.

Thanks for this, though. The Republican Bolsheviks who demand purity will be out with their knives. Can you really say something like this and get away with it?

No matter. You've got your neocon rag and your comfy Fox News gig. I'm sure you'll make it to the next blue moon.

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