WASHINGTON, November 15, 2014 — No one likes to be called stupid. Especially by someone supposedly so brilliant that he was asked to write a 2,400 page bill which had to be passed before we could read it, away from the “fog of controversy.”
So far three — who knows how many more clips are out there — wonderful examples have surfaced of political stupidity that outstrips any claim to brilliance.
As if a government agency incapable of creating a website weren’t amazing enough. The brilliant professor from MIT is apparently stuck on stupid.
The biggest loser in these mid-term elections wasn’t really the Democratic Party or the President’s agenda. The biggest loser was the faculty lounge and its “culture of experts.” This is a loss that will reverberate long after President Obama is out of office.
The discrediting of the experts started with the financial crisis. No sooner had Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke called the weakness in the real estate markets a mere regional concern than we saw real estate markets collapse nationwide. The experts said that couldn’t happen.
The academic economists in charge of regulating banks said that the risks to the reputations of the major banks would be sufficient to prevent abuses that would jeopardize the economy. All the while, those same banks merrily played chicken with those same regulators, confident they would blink and bail them out. And that is exactly what the regulators did: They blinked and started bailing. Then Congress created Dodd-Frank and told us that they have ended “too big to fail.” We’ll see.
When it came time to implement Obamacare, it turned out the experts couldn’t launch a website — 20 years after the creation of the Internet.
But the epitome of this culture of experts is in the admission that one-sixth of U.S. economy was apparently designed around the stupidity of the American public. Even if you were predisposed to be impressed by the strategic machinations, the stupidity of experts publicly bragging about what they did to dupe a stupid American public is an absolutely magnificent triumph of political irony.
To be an expert today is apparently to be educated well beyond the point of common sense. It is to be educated to the point that you are blinded to your own ignorance by the shining light of your supposed brilliance.
The denizens of the faculty lounge have egg on their faces and the last man standing is Forrest Gump: Stupid is as stupid does.
The apparently stupid American electorate — possessed of a common sense that has been thoroughly educated out of the experts — saw all of this for what it was, and threw out da bums and their political sponsors.
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