Monday, September 20, 2010

The Stupid! It Burns! (just scraping by edition)

the stupid! it burns! In a break from the anti-atheist stupidity I usually highlight, I'm linking to Brad DeLong's exposé of Todd "Just Scraping by at $400K+ a Year in Family Economic Income" Henderson upper-middle-class twit of the year's egregious stupidity. I could just cut & paste professor DeLong's cut & paste of Henderson's stupidity, but you should get in the habit of reading the good professor yourself.


  1. I thought I read some short story about raising objectivist children, and teaching them to be dicks to other children recently, but it seemed like scathing satire of objectivism and libertarianism. Was that this same guy, or was he just quoting what I read as if it were actual advice (the link to that one is 404ed as well)?

    Maybe if we renew the tax cuts, he'll be able to scrounge up enough money to get his head surgically removed from his ass.

    I also think it's amusing of him to bring up the 'I can spend my money better than the government can,' argument. The government, were it to follow a liberal agenda, would want to spend his money on providing affordable healthcare to people, for instance. He wants to spend it on a house in an elite neighborhood. Why am I supposed to believe he's spending it more wisely?

  2. You're probably thinking of Our Daughter Isn't a Selfish Brat; Your Son Just Hasn't Read Atlas Shrugged at McSweeney's. Henderson linked to it, apparently approvingly but possibly ironically. Henderson's original post appears to be missing (i.e. deleted), but the cache is here:

    I’ve read and enjoyed all of Ayn Rand’s fiction, especially “We the Living,” but I’ve always wondered how I can convey her ideas to my children before they are able to read the books for themselves. What is a Randian to do when the hippies at the local playground sermonize about sharing and winning not mattering? Finally, here is a helpful guide for how to raise your child as an Objectivist. A taste: “You should never feel guilty about your abilities. Including your ability to repeatedly peg a fellow toddler with your Elmo ball as he sobs for mercy.”


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