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Moment of Derp

Tea Party Representative Tim Scott of South Carolina brings us today's Moment of Derp.

Take Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) -- a high profile freshman, popular with the tea party. After a GOP caucus meeting Friday morning, he explained to a group of reporters that even if tax increases could pass the House, they would hasten a debt crisis.

"Tax increases only makes the situation worse, and at the end of the day it has the exact opposite effect that we would think that it would have," Scott claimed. "Fewer revenue dollars."

Tax increases. Will increase our debt?

Tax increases. Will lead to less revenue?

Tell me -- if congress voted to give itself a pay-raise, would that increase the amount of money you take home or lower it? I know this is complicated math on par with that of the 2nd grade, but try to follow along here.

  • mrbrink

    Whenever I see a cousinavi comment, I get a little giggly and settle in.

    It’s always “brain candy” for my sweet-toothed thought chomper.

    • http://cousinavi.wordpress.com cousinavi

      Oh, how I wish I were immune to flattery.
      Worse still when sincere.
      Irresistible when from a respected peer.

      /Not Chomsky, but you’ll do.

  • Byproxy73

    What is it about elected officials with the name “Scott”?

    • http://cousinavi.wordpress.com cousinavi

      Or Supreme Court decisions.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Speaking of derp….

    Could somebody read this comment thread from HuffPo and tell me what you think?



    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YM23FX2FBZEC3UVDPZRGCUBIZ4 staci

      I think you were a lot more patient than most of us would have been. Uh, Congrats???

      • GrafZeppelin127

        Thanks; although I wasn’t fishing for a compliment. I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas about what this person was saying, e.g., about Europe, or any alternative interpretations of what he was saying and how he was saying it. Did I miss something?

        • Dan_in_DE

          that was just more of the same bullshit blaming unemployment numbers on the Dems for being so antithetical to business interests. Nothing new

        • Dan_in_DE

          the same old tired, empty, bumper-sticker positions.

        • Byproxy73

          I am awed by your composure under fire. Had to “fan” you!

        • mrbrink

          You’re arguing with the illusion of fact.

          This could be what you’re missing.

        • http://twitter.com/bphoon Brian C

          I don’t think you missed anything at all, hence my reply above. True, some European countries are having a second look at their fiscal conditions–I’m thinking mostly the UK here–but I think by and large most of them are doing pretty well by their people. I have yet to hear of a UK subject, a Swede, Dane, Australian, Canadian or any other citizen of a so-called socialized country wish they had our health care system or tax code, for instance. What we’re seeing for the most part in Europe–where we’re seeing it at all–is some tweaking here and there, nothing more.

          Self-styled “conservatives” love to hold up Greece or Spain or Portugal or Ireland and claim they’re all representative of the evils of “socialism” and that their fiscal travails are the eventual and pre-ordained destiny of all who fail to toe the “conservative” ideological line. (As an aside, I seem to remember John McCain holding Ireland up as a shining example of the benefits that low corporate tax rates bring during the ’08 campaign–my how things change.) My experience is that rarely do they really know what they’re talking about.

    • http://cousinavi.wordpress.com cousinavi

      The same thing happened to HuffPo (altho it’s harder to tell…) as happens to any decent internet site with comment threads.
      My most visceral experience of it was on Fark. I used to LOVE the comment threads – commonly funnier than the headlines and a source of solid, thoughtful commentary. No more. Fark caught on. It suffered the death of all good things – it became popular.
      Not that Huff was ever anything clever to begin with (occasional well written posts from a few insightful writers notwithstanding). Nothing more than aggregation and SEO headlines twisted up with anti-vac / Deepak Chopra, “Who’s tit job looks better?” bullshit…but there was a time – perhaps before the Teabag internet troll-wash determined to take over the tubes – where it wasn’t just extremist derp after illiterate fucktardiousity. Between the dedicated Cantor fans and the Jane Hamsher acolytes (with the exception of THIS place), there’s barely a participatory blog alive that doesn’t make me wanna carve my eyes out with a spoon.
      On that note, props to Ashby and anyone else who judiciously exercises bannination powers. Free speech is a nice idea in principle until the stupid fuckers show up.

      • JMAshby

        I’ve dismissed three people over the last 24 hours.

        There’s really no reason to suffer a tea party troll who clicked over from Yahoo, or some contrarian jackass who enters into a discussion only to say something deliberately agitating.

        I’m not “judicious” but I know a troll when I see one.

        • http://cousinavi.wordpress.com cousinavi

          There are two competing concepts:
          1. Unfettered freedom of speech
          2. Insistent stupidity

          IMO, you do a fine job of distinguishing between the two – a judicious application of tolerance for thoughtful dissent whipped hard by a ruthless refusal to permit shallow contrarian bullshit.

          My hat, if I wore one, would be tipped to you, sir.
          For what it’s worth, I prefer a moderated forum. I am open to debate (as you may well know, I like it)…but, as Winnie so eloquently said, “Your right to an opinion does not obligate me to take you seriously.”
          And as regards those who abuse the opportunity to offer THOUGHTFUL arguments in favour of repetitive nonsense, I freely admit to being pleased when their privilege is revoked.
          I admit to having feared the axe myself time and again. Here’s hoping I’ve earned a warning before being dragged up 13 steps.

    • mrbrink

      Well said, all around, Graf’.

      I gave up long ago engaging with people who begin their message board thesis with “liberals want to control everyone with bigger government!”

      You represent so very well.

      It’s like reading quantum physics to someone eating their own boogers.

    • http://twitter.com/bphoon Brian C

      I think you were fucking masterful. Stripped his so-called “conservative” dogma down to it’s bare bones and called it just what it is: subjective feelings that he really wants to feel. Seems many, if not most, of what passes for conservatives today think if they just wish for their particular form of utopia hard enough it will eventually come true. As Dorothy once said, “There’s no place like home…there’s no place like home…”

      I don’t think he was really even espousing a conservative philosophy. Sounded more libertarian to me…too many people, even libertarians themselves, confuse the two these days.

      Thanks for the read.

  • http://www.broadwaycarl.com Broadway Carl

    Well obviously if tax cuts create jobs then tax increases must be a job killer. Oy vey, the chootspah of some people!

  • holyreality

    Double facepalm!

  • janefromhell

    I wanna see ads, or t-shirts, with these quotes and Picard face-palms, all over the place. Really, no rebuttal necessary, just the quote and the face palm.

  • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

    These people have NO business being anywhere NEAR an actual governing body. NONE.
    Fucking MORONS. A 7-year-old could do a better fucking job if given the facts.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T7UJVDXD6Q4WIFRW5OE5DZQN3Q Joshua

      World record federal revenue during the decade of 2001-2010.
      You want more, right? it’s never enough. A 7 year old could tell you that.
      We need MORE people like this guy to offset the REAL morons.

      • JMAshby

        Eeeeeeeeeee! Wrong again!

        As a percentage of GDP, federal revenue is at rock-bottom.

        Do you know how boring you people are becoming?

      • muselet

        Joshua, please read the linked article. It’s only six paragraphs long and I’m sure you can find someone to help you with the big words.

        Clearly he’s trying very hard, but Rep. Tim Scott can’t keep his Laffer Curve dogma straight, and even when he contradicts himself, he still gets it wrong. Which would be hilarious if he weren’t, you know, an elected Representative.

        Given a choice between Rep. Scott and a random seven-year-old, I’ll take the seven-year-old.


  • mikecz

    Short term yes, long term, no.

    • http://cousinavi.wordpress.com cousinavi

      WTF does that mean? What sort of ignorant blather is that? On what economic model does anyone say – vis increased tax rates / government revenue – “Short term yes, long term no”?
      I am so fucking sick of stupid people playing “My opinion is just as good as your opinion!”
      No. No it isn’t. The fact that you have an unfettered right to have your own goddamn stupid opinion does NOT equate with your opinion having any goddamn value.
      Something went wrong back in the 70’s…when people decided to ensure that every drooling incompetent got a ribbon and no one was ever picked last for kick ball. Now every fucking simpering imbecile feels competent to say shit so egregiously moronic that, prior to it being said, wasn’t even imaginable. And then they smirk, buff their fingers on their chest, and demand to be respected for taking a giant oozy shit in the intellectual punch bowl.
      Goddamn meaningless bumper sticker bullshit designed as the sort of thing one says to interrupt an adult conversation before walking away convinced of one’s own pithy style.
      Short term stupid, long term needs to be beaten with a stick with nails in it.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YM23FX2FBZEC3UVDPZRGCUBIZ4 staci

        Ya make my heart go pitter patter, avi. :-)

        • http://cousinavi.wordpress.com cousinavi

          I like that people clicked LIKE on my making your heart go pitter patter.
          Imagine what we could accomplish with other organs!

        • laddieluv

          Mine, too. grins.

      • incredulous72

        I have to clean my monitor after that last line. PRICELESS!

        Where’ve you been Avi! Good to have you back!

      • hanadora444

        Incredibly well put. Not only does “every fucking simpering imbecile” get to have his blather listened to reverently, he gets to run for office. And his fellow imbeciles run to vote for him in droves because he’s just like them and not one of those latte-sipping, birkenstock-wearing elites. Sure, O’Donnell and Angle got defeated last year and the chicken lady never made it to first base, but too many idiots actually won.

  • MrDHalen

    That is a member of the United States congress. I don’t blame him; I blame the people who voted this idiot into office. This is the real problem with America; communities all over the country are sending these people to represent them. You put crap in, you get crap out!

    • http://www.broadwaycarl.com Broadway Carl

      No, I blame him too.

      • MrDHalen

        Yea, me too, but I’m still not letting his district off the hook.