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What The Beltway Thinks About You

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Bravo to Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson for putting forward the Beltway critique of America with straightforward, unvarnished directness:

But at this point, it’s impossible to ignore the obvious: The American people are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats.

This is not, I repeat not, a partisan argument. My own political leanings are well-known, but the refusal of Americans to look seriously at the nation’s situation — and its prospects — is an equal-opportunity scourge. Republicans got the back of the electorate’s hand in 2006 and 2008; Democrats will feel the sting this November. By 2012, it will probably be the GOP’s turn to get slapped around again.

You stupid, stupid children, you mindless dolts, you spoiled brats. If only you would let brilliant Washington, D.C. professional, inbred, super-sophisticated permanent class govern and you get on with paying the taxes and taking the orders.

Though Robinson is a man of the left, there is a lot of this attitude on the conservative side of the D.C. aisle as well, and one of the great advantages to living far, far from the Beltway is keeping free of this plague of self-importance. The echo chambers for both Democrats and Republicans and especially for MSM block out an enormous amount of data about the condition of the country that the average American picks up, and that insularity keeps the Manhattan-Beltway media elite especially clueless on public mood.

The GOP leadership, as I have been arguing since my interview with Leader Boehner on Monday, may also be underestimating the demand that they move quickly after the election to pass a budget resolution providing for the extension of the Bush tax cuts by majority vote under reconciliation, that they ban earmarks and get the appropriations bills moving through the House quickly, and that they tackle entitlements with bold and detailed plans regardless of the fear that Democrats will use such proposals to club them throughout 2011. The children in this picture are the Beltway elites pretending to govern while the fiscal woes deepen and the international threats grow.



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