He can be a slippery bastard from time to time. He calls circumcision "male genital mutilation," as if a euphemism can erase millenia of religious and cultural tradition.
And then there's this post, in which he writes:
Liberalism believes in punishing hard-working successful people in this manner [ie, high taxes] - and the more you succeed, the more they will punish you. But if I had to pick between [Obama] and the party of Sarah Palin and Joe The Plumber, it's really no contest.While I'm glad that he would prefer Obama to the clowns the GOP has been foisting on us, this idea that taxes "punish" the "successful" really gets to me.
Let me be like Obama and say this as clearly as I can:
Taxes are not punishment.
Next week I have to go to court for a traffic violation. I may have to do some time in jail (hope not) but most certainly there will be a fine. That's punishment.
I've returned library books late and had to pay a fine. That's punishment.
Paying your taxes? That's a social obligation. And if you don't do it...guess what? You'll get punished!
As to "liberalism believes in punishing hard-working successful people" through taxes, that's not just some slippery euphemizing. It's pure bullshit.
"Hard-working successful people," which in this case is the euphemism for "rich people," pay more because they make more, and well...life isn't fair. Besides, who said luxury was cheap?
You wanna ride in first class, you gotta pay first class rates.
As it is, Andrew sounds like a guy who wants the extra legroom, gourmet meals, and private bathroom of first class...but at coach rates. Sorry, bud, but that's not how it works.
You can't ask for all the benefits of wealth without taking on its responsibilities too.