Thus we have celebrities who excoriate the public for flying or driving while they themselves are frequent flyers and drivers of fabulously expensive automobiles, some of which, like the Volt, are subsidized by lower and middle class taxpayers.
Elitists like Thomas Friedman can wag his finger at the rest of us to "own less" while he lives here:
Al Gore has become (almost) the world's first carbon billionaire by hawking his phony climate change movie and companies. Gore himself lives high, telling people to turn the lights out on Earth Day but keeping scores of lights on in his own home to the tune of $30,000 a year in utility bills.
Celebrities like Cher, between surgeries and martinis while sitting under her cabana next to her Olympic size pool, can scream Tweet vile invectives at conservatives for being "h8trs." Quiet. Nobody tell her she is what she h8ts.
And "economists" like the equally celebrated Paul Krugman can purse lips and claim that everything wrong with this economy is conservatives' fault, that the deeply in debt government doesn't spend enough or print enough money and declare that California--the most indebted underfunded radical state in the US--is on the upswing.
Here you can find unicorns, elves and fairies.
VD Hanson, a California resident and articulate professor of history, takes apart Krugman's untruths. Here's a highlight from NRO:
Krugman has completely mischaracterized conservative concerns. What worries us in our beloved California is that a state with singular natural gifts (the best agricultural climate and soils in the world, vast ports facing the rich Pacific Rim, vibrant tourism, huge reserves of gas, oil, and timber), and a wonderful inheritance from our ancestors (the UC system, Caltech, Stanford, USC, the origins of the American idea of freeway transportation, brilliantly engineered hydroelectric and irrigation systems, and a mostly harmonious, skilled, multiethnic populace), has been so mismanaged, by both recent Republican and Democratic governors, as to result in chronic budget crises, terrible public schools, and a third of the nation’s welfare recipients, with nearly a fourth of the state’s residents ranked below the poverty level — the highest rate in the nation. Apparently those latter statistics are symptoms of what Krugman characterizes as the California “comeback” that can offer lessons to the nation.
Our problems are even not public employees per se (indeed, we do not have an inordinately high percentage of them for our population), but the exorbitant salary, medical, and pension costs of an aging, high-end caste of them — mostly the legacy of the disastrous (Democratic) Gray Davis administration. Immigration from Mexico and Central America in the past was manageable, since it was mostly legal, newcomers met a host eager to assimilate and integrate them, and the limited pools of yearly arrivals facilitated such confident melting-pot approaches. But in the last 30 years, a perfect storm of huge increases in illegal immigration, the politicized abandonment of the assimilationist melting-pot model in favor of the multicultural salad-bowl approach, the transfers of billions of dollars out of the state in annual remittances to Latin America, and the dismal economy resulted in soaring costs in welfare, Medi-Cal, the penal system, and law enforcement. Ironically, it is the sputtering California economy, not federal- or state-government enforcement of the law, that has led to a fairly recent slowdown in illegal immigration.Hanson mentions the Monterey Shale; working it would yield 500,000 jobs immediately and 2 million by 2020, yet the state does nothing to encourage business or mining natural resources, even though doing so in an environmentally conscious way is complete achievable.
But then, actually encouraging business in the state is inconceivable.
The Washington Examiner lists 9 "little" facts Krugman leaves out of his unicorn column, including that California has the highest unemployment in the nation, one third of the nation's welfare recipients, the highest poverty rate, the highest income disparity, the highest taxes and energy rates and the nation's third highest paid teachers while its "students are among the least educated.
Also at NRO, former Leftist David Horowitz discusses how and why so many universities have become Leftist pits of anti-Americanism, h8te and propaganda.
Daily Caller has the news of the upcoming parties of a White House, which seems oblivious to the heartache and despair in the country. Optics have never been an issue with this president so here's the party list at WH Dossier.
Meanwhile the ever diverse Republicans continue to attack their own. Shut up, why doncha.
Neither party is to be trusted; the corruption runs deep in both parties because it's all about getting what you didn't earn. More power. More money. More stuff.
Which is exactly why the Tea Party is needed now more than ever; not a national Tea Party in the sense of organizations who lecture us, ask for ever more money while predicting doom and scaring the crap out of people.
It will take time but it's possible.
We just can't live in fairy land.
That's for people like Monica Lewinsky, who turned fifty today.
And people like Paul Krugman, who just can't admit what he knows is wrong.