The Major (Ret.) continues to hype his new employer on Facebook and Twitter, and this morning he posted a link to an NYT column by Joe Nocera that took me three Dramamine and a shot of insulin to get through. Entitled “Government’s Not Dead Yet” (neither is smallpox, by the way), Nocera’s piece is a paean to those bright-eyed idealists who just want to help the bejeezus out of all of us.
He starts by mentioning his mentor, a child of the FDR years and Great Society retread, whom he describes as “a supreme idealist who believes deeply in the good that government can do.” And what inspiration does said idealist find in those days gone by?
“The New Deal and the Great Society were eras when “money was not the driving force in choosing a career,” he said. “Passion was. People wanted to be able to do something about the country’s most pressing problems — and government was the place to do that.”
Now, I would agree with that, if by “most pressing problems” we mean folks who want to blow us up or subjugate us, but I suspect he has different candidates for that title. And of course, there’s that little matter of the folks who want to make money having their earnings expropriated to pay for the passionate people, but shut up, he explained.
In any case, Nocera tells us that the CFPB is a shiny new example of his old friend’s dream, and introduces us to the bright-eyed young idealists who are just so gosh-darned happy to help ya help ya help ya. He starts by mentioning that it’s the brainchild of Elizabeth Warren, who we already know sees business folk as Uncle Pennybags from the Monopoly game, sipping tall cool glasses of the sweat of exploited workers. Fortunately, they have been able to atone for that by doing things like subsidizing her employers at Harvard.
As we move to the current
unaccountable princeling director we learn that he’s stocking the joint chock full of young idealists: ” “To corral their sense of idealism and put it in the service of improving life for the average consumer, that is a tremendous thing.” Why yes! It’s the sort of idealism we’ve seen in the dung-flinging monkey pits and rape camps of Occupy, isn’t it?
These young idealists include former consultants, designers, and lobbyists — I mean, legislative directors — and they are united in their desire to tend to the people who aren’t smart enough either to avoid a bad deal, or to take their business elsewhere when they think they’re getting one.
So you see? We’re not paying for an unaccountable, self-funding, and likely unconstitutional branch of the bureaucracy; we’re funding chipper young idealists with a can-do spirit, presumably because the rest of America is incapable of looking after it’s own interests. Hey, kids, let’s put on a government!
Makes your heart flutter, doesn’t it? Or maybe points a bit further south.