Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Yet another edition of, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Former Senate candidate and former witch, Christine O’Donnell, is very familiar with tragedies, having just lived through one of her own.  (Although, to be fair, her candidacy was more of a debacle than a tragedy.)

“Today marks a lot of tragedy. … Tragedy comes in threes,” O’Donnell said.Pearl Harbor, Elizabeth Edwards’s passing and Barack Obama’s announcement of extending the tax cuts, which is good, but also extending the unemployment benefits.”

(I’ll only mention in passing that while Pearl Harbor WAS a tragedy when it happened, memorializing it 69 years later isn’t actually a tragedy.)

Let’s note the last item on her trifecta.  That is, Christine thinks that extending unemployment benefits for millions of unemployed Americans, caught up in the economic fiasco created by Wall Street, is a tragedy comparable to Pearl Harbor.  Take a minute to soak that in.  Extending benefits to the unemployed is like Americans killed in a sneak attack that started our involvement in World War II.

Boy, it sure is a “tragedy” that she didn’t win the election.

To be fair, this is a standard Republican talking point of late.  Extending tax cuts for the rich = good.  Helping the unemployed feed their children and survive until the economy recovers = bad.

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