Clearly, the Beltway Bubble operates much like the looking glass does in Lewis Carroll's works: it inverts logic, turns issues inside out and makes the most trivial loom large and ignores the elephant in the room.
The moneyed, privileged bobbleheads are a perfect example of the "MFFY" generation of which Nonny spoke, because for them, it's all about the taxes. Notice how they talk about it as if it's across the board, rather than those making over $250,000 a year (approximately 2% of the population)
BROOKS: You know, they made some progress on the Hill, they got a House bill out, they got a Senate bill moving forward. They’re scaring the dickens out of the moderates in their own party, let alone the Republicans. They’re scaring the dickens out of them because the House bill calls for raising the top tax rate to 52 or in some cities, 57%. That’s higher than in France, Spain, Italy…
No, David, YOU'RE scaring the dickens out of these politicians. With your handy-dandy Luntz talking points, you have pounded into the heads of these craven politicians that they MUST fear the tax increase, that their entire career depends on it.
Never mind that the tax increase is for only the top 2% of Americans.
Never mind that 76% of Americans want to see some sort of nationalized health care in place.
Never mind that even your precious group of top 2% earners are ALREADY paying for the under- and uninsured now with increased insurances and medical costs.
Let me clue you in, Brooks, Parker, Page, O'Donnell and Matthews: HAVING YOU PAY A LITTLE HIGHER IN TAXES IS SWEET JUSTICE FOR ALL THE MISINFORMATION YOU'VE USED TO FRAME THIS DEBATE SINCE 1983. It's not about you guys. It's about the vast majority of Americans who are barely getting by and are one even minor catastrophe away from ruin. It's about acknowledging that health care is a right--not a privilege for the moneyed class. It's about acknowledging that this is what AMERICANS--not you bobble-headed bubble boobs--want.
And here's a kick in the pants for you, Brooks: What does it say about all the weakening of the Obama's health care plan and the public option by those frightened politicos if other countries like France and Spain can offer a fully socialized (*gasp*) and robust single payer program to their citizens for less taxes than are currently being proposed here?
If you were truly interested in being fiscally responsible and lowering taxes, then you would champion single payer, you blind ideologue.