I couldn’t agree less with Bernard less about the awesomeness of Matt Yglesias’s principled stand against exempting Olympics swag from taxation. Not going to read what Yglesias wrote because there is no way this could possibly be an important issue. The amounts of money involved are trivial, no one is getting killed or tortured. So it matters why? Maybe because fairness, maybe because framing…people we’ve got bigger problems.
So it always is with the TNR/Slate crowd. Barber licenses! Farm subsidies! Four Loko!
Meanwhile, the entire notion of a reasonably secure middle-class is being destroyed in this country. Trillion dollar scams are being hatched by possible VP (doubt he’ll get it but the fact anyone thinks he might is scary enough) candidate Paul Ryan.
All this too-clever-by-half contrarianism and nit-picking might have impressed college teaching assistants, but it doesn’t impress the millions of Americans who are dealing with things more pressing than Upper-Class White People problems.