Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mr. President: Stop Patronizing, and Start Explaining

"The way the President did the budget is the way millions of American families do their budget." -WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Jan 26, 2010. 
This is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. And I hear it all the time. 

It's one of those things that seems to make sense, and is easy to remember, and gets people fired up. "After all, why shouldn't the government do a budget the way I do?"

Here's why: Because you can't print money, and the federal government can. This has a lot of implications, and one of them is that the federal government sure as hell doesn't do it's budget the way you do. Hell, the states don't even do their budgets the way the feds do. 

You expect this kind of nonsense from Glenn Beck, who makes a living by reducing complex issues into simple (and wrong) memes. You don't expect this from the President of the United States. He should know better, he probably does know better, and he should take the time to explain this to the millions of people who don't. 

Is it frustrating to have to explain things like this to your average voter? Maybe, but that's your fucking job. Now go do it!

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