Tuesday, November 04, 2008

David Fucking Brooks Worries


That with all the mountains of debt and failure that David Fucking Brooks piled up by electing and re-electing The Worst President in History, the new generation of political leadership will not have nearly enough money to repair the failures and catastrophes that David Fucking Brooks will bequeath to them as a result of his decision to elect and re-elect The Worst President in History.

Of course he doesn't say it quite that way, and being a notorious Responsibility Socialist, he uses lots of passive, pastel language to redistribute the blame the Hell away from himself...

A Date With Scarcity
By DAVID BROOKS

Nov. 4, 2008, is a historic day because it marks the end of an economic era, a political era and a generational era all at once.

Economically, it marks the end of the Long Boom, which began in 1983. Politically, it probably marks the end of conservative dominance, which began in 1980. Generationally, it marks the end of baby boomer supremacy, which began in 1968. For the past 16 years, baby boomers, who were formed by the tumult of the 1960s, occupied the White House. By Tuesday night, if the polls are to be believed, a member of anew generation will become president-elect.

So today is not only a pivot, but a confluence of pivots.

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Yet, at the same time, the public sphere has not flourished. Despite decades of affluence, longstanding issues like health care, education, energy and entitlement debt have not been adequately addressed. The baby boomers, who entered adulthood promising a lifetime of activism, have been a politically undistinguished generation. They produced two presidents, neither of whom lived up to his potential. They remained consumed by the culture war that divided their generation. They pass their political supremacy today having squandered the fat years and the golden opportunities.

Month by month, frustration has mounted. Americans are anxious about their private lives but absolutely disgusted by public leaders. So change is demanded.

Republicans nominated an old warrior with a record of making hard decisions and absorbing the blows that ensue. Many of us regard him — and always will — as one of the heroes of our time. But the public demand for change was total, and if the polls are right, voters will elect the man who breaks from the recent past in almost every way.
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Obama is not only a member of this temperate generation, but of its most educated segment. He has lived nearly his entire adult life within a few miles of one or another of the country’s top 10 universities.

His upscale, post-boomer cohort has rallied behind him with unalloyed fervor. Major college newspapers have endorsed him at a rate of 63 to 1. ...This cohort will soon become the ruling class.

And the irony is that they will be confronted by the problem for which they have the least experience and for which they are the least prepared: the problem of scarcity.

Raised in prosperity, favored by genetics, these young meritocrats will have to govern in a period when the demands on the nation’s wealth outstrip the supply. They will grapple with the growing burdens of an aging society, rising health care costs and high energy prices. They will have to make up for the trillion-plus dollars the government will spend to avoid a deep recession. They will have to struggle to keep their promises to cut taxes, create an energy revolution, pass an expensive health care plan and all the rest.

As Robert J. Samuelson writes in his forthcoming book, “The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath,” “Already, Americans face far more claims on their incomes than can be easily met.”

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We’re probably entering a period, in other words, in which smart young liberals meet a stone-cold scarcity that they do not seem to recognize or have a plan for.

In an age of transition, the children are left to grapple with the burdens of their elders.


When he turns his watery ink to the subject of American politics, Bobo has two, basic columns:

  1. The personal and triumphal when he finds occasion to flaunt his ridiculous, bankrupt ideology. And,
  2. The moon-faced alien anthropologist, orbiting the Earth and noting the fall of American civilization from the safe distance of wealth and privilege that this relentlessly mediocre man has somehow been afforded when confronted with the cratered wasteland he and his beliefs have created.
This column would be a so-so example of #2.

Notice that all failures are somehow the non-denominational fault of "the baby boomers" and "They" because of a "culture war", and not "Conservatives", "We" and "Reaganomics".

Like the announcers of pre-dawn farm reports reading off pork belly statistics, Bobo dryly notes that it was this same, amorphous "They" that "produced two presidents, neither of whom lived up to his potential" instead of "We Republicans" who spent "eight years trying every filthy, ratfucking trick in the book to destroy Bill Clinton, and then another eight gleefully unleashing the Bush/Cheney Furies."

No, according to Bobo's Cliff's Notes version of recent American political history, the only action identified as specifically Republican in his arid list of failures and lost opportunities was the nomination of "an old warrior" with "a record of making hard decisions and absorbing the blows that ensue" offered up as "one of the heroes of our time."

And it wasn't Conservatism that fucked us all, it was was the "elders".

In the end, of course, Bobo is right about one thing: instead of being a prosperous nation gliding into the future on a bullet train, we're broke and have a long, hard slog down a rotting WPA road ahead of us.

However I can't help thinking that if every smug dimwit who voted to elect and then re-elect our Failure-in-Chief were stripped of every fucking nickel, and if the assets of every well-heeled columnist, pundit and media organization who carried water for degenerate Neocon wreckers were seized, and if every creationist-themed "Church of Jesus Christ, CEO" were taxed like any other whorehouse, I bet we'd have enough to meet our obligations with money left over to buy everyone a really nice, double-scoop cone down at the Baskin-Robbins.


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18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Agreed. I believe in confiscation of the holdings of those who brought us this crisis. McCain ain't seen nothing about redistribution of the wealth like what I have ion mind. The bail out of the American people by those who have gleefully been robbing us for 30yrs. More of a "pour down" than a "trickle down" economic confiscation of funds property and holdings from those who have amassed so much at tax payer expense and the benefit of the wealthy. Great deals on yachts, jets and malls slightly abused. Start will wall street bonuses over the past 4yrs.

US Blues said...

RICO, baby! The DEA uses RICO laws to seize the assets of suspected drug dealers, let's use the same laws to seize assets from the money thieves.

PS- Bobo is an ass.

CapD said...

Hammer it home, Drifty. The fuckheads and chiselers will not go away. It's a constant whack-a-mole. But you encourage us all to play better and harder. Keep up the good work.

lostnacfgop said...

I think the jerk meant to say - or should have said, "left to grapple with the EXCESSES of their elders. What an arsewipe!
And at one year older than the next President, I know a little bit about the subject - unlike Brooks.

PR said...

Great post again Drifty.

Anonymous said...

The so-called Baby Boom spanned the years 1946 to 1964. Obama was born in 1961, which makes him a Baby Boomer... and David Brooks a world-class retard.

blackdogg said...

Yep, I am about 1 month younger than Obama and I have always been condsidered a baby boomer (children of returning WW II vets, like my dad, or the generation that followed.) But what Brookstooge is really talking about are all the dirty fking hippies that he and his ilk fought so hard to wrest power from after the 60's. He has that Brokawian delusion that the he and the other Hitler youth saved the country from all of our excesses (like real civil rights, progresive social reform, life without war) with the election of the "The Dick" and "The Gipper"...and if only we had stuck it out and killed a few more million in Nam,(like his hero and the shrub would have done) everything would have turned out fine. A much deserved slow decent in to obscurity isnt enough for the Brooks, Wills, Oreilys and Limpballs of this country. Raid their bank accounts and stock portfolio's and off shore holdings until they have to get real jobs. After all, thats what they said we would do...and I dont want to dissapoint them.

Anonymous said...

i'm with driftglass and the above commenters.

i want these people to cry, i want these people to recognize that their power is gone -- i want their power to actually be gone.

that's the next project, folks, now that the election is behind us -- no matter which way the count comes out.

i'm ready.

res ipsa loquitur said...

And the irony is that they will be confronted by the problem for which they have the least experience and for which they are the least prepared: the problem of scarcity.

With any luck, the first commodity that will become scarce is Republican pundits, especially those masquerading as C-level sociologists.

chautauqua said...

A - freakin' Purple Jesus on a pogo stick - men!

redoubt said...

Shorter Bobo: "We would have gotten McBush elected if it wasn't for those meddling kids!"

Rehctaw said...

No, according to Bobo's Cliff's Notes version of recent American political history, the only action identified as specifically Republican in his arid list of failures and lost opportunities was the nomination of "an old warrior" with "a record of making hard decisions and absorbing the blows that ensue" offered up "one of the heroes of our time."

And it wasn't Conservatism that fucked us all, it was was the "elders".


When sufficient time has elapsed to reflect on the mountain of FUBAR for which Bobo led the cheering section, it will be resolved that naming it, defining it and ultimately disavowning it, was the Right's biggest, bestest talent along with subjecting those who dared disagree to shunning and ridicule.

The line forms to the LEFT now, and somewhere near the top of the to-do list is an exacting of justice. Your list is a good start. The Usual Suspects. But many have tried to slink away and blend in with the rabble.

WE have the records. We have the opportunity to put all those jails the law and order set erected to good and proper use.

RICO. Exactly.

Blue Gal said...

Every blogger who types "David Brooks" should link to this post. If anyone defined me and my errors so exactly and with such precision as you have done with Brooks, I would weep for a year.

Thanks, dg.

Sharoney said...

Re Ipse Loquitur: "...Republican pundits, especially those masquerading as C-level sociologists."

Took the words right out of my mouth, RIL. Who the hell gave this guy creds that entitled him to impose his myopic, self-referential bullshit on the electorate like it was French pastry on crystal?

Why aren't real sociologists calling this hack out every time he "opines" about this country's people?

"This relentlessly mediocre man."

Once again, you have the last word, Drifty.

Angel Of Mercy said...

Sweet suffering succotash! You brought the BIG lickin' stick this time, Mr. Glass; and I do love the sound it makes when you lay it upside their empty deluded heads.

For the record, it's about 10:30 EST on Election Eve and it looks like Senator Obama has not only locked it up by cinching Ohio and Pennsylvania, but we're headed into historical landslide territory.

GObama!!

stringonastick said...

Thanks to you, I can never hear, see, or think about this wanker without it coming out as "David Fucking Brooks" in my head.

And for that, I sincerely thank you! We need to constantly remind ourselves who these jokers really are, and hound them into the irrelevance they so richly deserve and have worked so hard to achieve.

tech98 said...

Shorter Brooks:
Now that we've looted and wrecked the country, I can sit back and bitch and moan about how slow you're rebuilding it.

Anonymous said...

another thing, "the long boom" didn't start in 1983, the way I remember it times were still real tough until the late eighties, which is the main reason why Reagan was and is still so hated by the working class and why his glorification is complete horseshit...this is a different "anonymous" btw