Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sarah sez

One in a series that takes a look at some of the zany and madcap things said by the former Governor of Alaska.

Here's Ms. Palin on wanting to know who's been naughty and who's been nice:

You know, I’ve been looking at these worldwide riots that are developing. They’re all a reflection of deep passion, deep resentment and fear. Now the question is “Where will this go? How can this be sort of concretized?” And one thought that has occurred to me — and let me sort of mention it here casually without having really thought it through systematically — I think it would be increasingly helpful if there was a movement to publish, worldwide, lists of who make, largely through speculation, enormous amounts of money almost instantly, and basically hide the fact from their social context. You know, how many Americans are really fully aware of how many other good people, let’s say like Warren Buffett and others, who really donate a lot of their earnings to charities, to philanthropy? But how many more are there in the hedge funds, in the banks, in a variety of other places, who, on the basis of speculation, literally make millions of dollars that would take a century or two for the average person ever to make? I’d like to see those lists. And they shouldn’t be that difficult to produce.

Woops. Upon further review that wasn't Palin at all, rather Jimmy Carter's old National Security Advisor and currently one of President Obama's foreign policy advisors, Zbigniew Brzezinski, on MSNBC the other day.

Compiling people lists... Is it a hard-left authoritarian thing?

To what end does this achieve except for being a raw display of jack-bootled thuggery? What effectively does Brzezinski want to do with this list and why in god's name is how much people make and how much they give to charity any of his damn business? Perhaps Brzezinski can strike the first blow for transparency by volunteering his own W-2s but as the case with Warren Buffet calling for higher taxes on the rich, moral preening always seems to be a not so much for me sort of thing.

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