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Posted on 11/28/2012 5:21:43 PM PST by shove_it
Full Headline = Sign of National Resentment for the American Way of Life: Kristof Angry About Private Generators During Sandy
RUSH: Now, over the weekend, a columnist in the New York Times by the name of Nicholas Kristof wrote a piece. He's all upset about the electrical grid failing in the Northeast during Hurricane Sandy. But that's not what made him mad. What made him mad was the reliance that some people had on private generators. He was upset about that, that some people had them and other people didn't. Here's the short version, according to David French at National Review.
This is the short version of Kristof's piece: "Low tax rates on the rich, plus failure to deal with climate change, equals decaying infrastructure, increasing inequality, and wealthy opt-outs from public services," and public utilities. And they're able to go get their own generators, and this is not fair, that some should have generators and others shouldn't. And it's all because of climate change and all because the rich and income inequality that some people had private generators and others didn't. He made a whole column about this!
RUSH: I'm not kidding. This guy Nicholas Kristof, this is mainstream liberal opinion at the New York Times, a piece over the weekend upset about the electrical grid being insufficient, failing, being knocked out of power. Not just during Hurricane Sandy, but primarily then, but any other time it goes down, it's not fair that some people aren't affected by it. They're able to go out and own private home generators to get through the outage while other people are unable to. And he claims that the reason that this is possible is that tax rates on the rich have been too low, which means the rich have too much disposable income, and with that disposable income they're able to go out and buy private generators that they really shouldn't be entitled to have. It's not fair.
Now, as I go through all this, keep in mind based on the election results, the American people agree with this. The American people signed on for this. The American people, maybe by a couple, three million votes, whatever it was, 51 to 48%, the American people agree with this. You don't get points for getting close. You don't get points for almost winning. You don't get points for losing, but not by a landslide. You'd be amazed. The people of California voted to increase their own taxes. They voted to raise taxes on themselves. The people of California are voting for what is happening there. And now we can say the people of this country are voting for what's happening here.
So when Kristof says low taxes on the rich are to be opposed because they are able to go out and buy things like private home generators so that they don't feel the electrical grid outage, so it means we have to raise taxes and also the grid failed because we're not doing enough on global warming. We're not raising taxes enough to deal with global warming. We have failed to deal with climate change. We don't have high enough taxes on the rich, and that means that our infrastructure is decaying, that there is a greater inequality of income among the people, and the real insult is that the wealthy are then able to opt out from public services.
Now, in the old days, not too long ago, I remember where this is the kind of thing that people aspired to. People aspired to be successful, to earn enough money to provide themselves an increasing standard of living, and this provided motivation and inspiration for others to follow. Now, that's not the way it is in America anymore and we're going to have come to understand that. Success is not inspirational. Success is not motivational. Success makes you a target. Success makes you an enemy. Success means that you aren't playing fair. And I'm not exaggerating.
At some point we're gonna have to understand what's happened here. It's not the Latino vote that caused us to lose the election, and it's not the single women under 30 vote, and it's not all these other demographic things that resulted in Romney and us, the Republicans, losing the presidential race. Those are convenient excuses that are easy for the Republican Party to seem to address, which will not matter in the long run. We are losing the American way of life. The American way of life is now targeted. The old standard American way of life is now seen as the big problem, because not everybody can share in it, not everybody has a fair shot at it, not everybody will ever be able to participate in it fully, and so it's unworthy, unjust, and should no longer be allowed.
And that's where the people of this country are. You can sit there and tell me, "No, Rush, no." It's like Bill Parcells always says about an NFL team, "You are what your record is." If you're 4-7, you are 4-7. You're not a maybe, you know, 10-4. You're 4-7, you're 4-7. Your record is what you are. The country is what it is. The guy running for reelection made no bones about what he intends to do, and he certainly didn't hide what he intends to do for four years in the big picture. He got reelected. Certain things, folks, there is a deep resentment.
This is the thought process that led Stalin to kill the Kulaks — “Oh? You are a successful farmer? You do not need the State to help you? Then, we will kill you and take your land.”
So, did Kristoff have his own generator?
Farm confiscation is in the plan. Coming very soon, 2013.
After Katrina the chocolate city mayor declared martial law and banned private ownership of guns. Seriously.
When the you know what hits the fan food, gas, generators, and guns will be declared property of the State.
For more info look up the book The Great New Orleans Gun Grab.
If Kristof is so worried; let him provide the generators.
I live in a remote area... I qualify as lower, lower class... I have a generator... as well as many of my poor neighbors... That jack donkey making a statement that only wealthy have generators... is BS!
I wish I’d hooked the TV up to a pedal powered generator during the time my kids were attending Elementary and High Schools. It’d be good for the kids to well know what it takes to generate 100W.
Come and try taking mine, Kristof.
I challenge you.
I’ll be getting a whole house on auto stand-by next year.
"For more info look up the book The Great New Orleans Gun Grab."
It won't happen in Louisiana next time....nor in a number of other states who observed the anti-gun actions during Katrina, and passed laws and/or state constitutional amendments specifically forbidding any such activity (at least for guns......and if they can't get the guns, they can't get the generators, either).
No need to redistribute generators where I am; everybody already has one. No one can steal them either, we’re all heavily armed.
There are seven of us on a two mile stretch of country road. We’re the last one’s on the power company’s list to get repairs made. It’s okay, we have our own. It’s just how we are here.
It is comforting to know that I am not alone! Someone out there thinks like I do!
commies really believe stuff like that
Let them feel the pain of redistribution to see of they like it.
Same here. This guy is insane!
Correction: Let them feel the pain of redistribution to see if they like it.
If poor people saved the money they spend on alcohol, lotto tickets, McDonalds, name brand clothes, manicures, and bling, they could have a generator in no time.I guess that our tax dollars will fund a free generator program.
Of course Liberals think that thanks to Obamacare they will be sitting between Nancy Pelosi and Moosechelle Obama waiting to see the Third World Doctor at the Obama Health Clinic / Pro Choice Facility / Soylent Green Processing Center.
This is the guy who, in 2007, tried through his column to heavily sell America on the idea of a foreign president.
Now he’s telling the grasshoppers to go after the ants.
Wonder how the off-the-grid Californians up in the mountains would receive this view of his. Generators are a way of life there, by sheer necessity.
It has nothing to do with the poor. It’s the tried and true leftist (commie) tactic of making the malleable and stupid believe that someone enjoys some privlege or advantage that they unfairly do not. No brutal dictator ever came to power by claiming to be a brutal dictator. In every case they come to power by telling some group that they are the victims of some other group, and by telling them that it they are brought to power that they will right some terrible wrong done to them. The previous poster who mentioned the Kulaks is spot on. That’s why nobody who has graduated from our public school system in the past 40 years has heard of them.
Same thing here. I live in a relatively rural area, not too many wealthy people. It’s mostly lower to lower-middle class. But people around here recognize the reality of living in an Eastern NC town with ancient grids and prioritize. Around here, generators are a priority. You don’t have to be wealthy to afford a generator. Kristoff could sacrifice his daily $4 latte and make up the cost right there. Sheesh.
The sharpest arrow in the leftist quiver is ENVY. The Rats couldn’t exist without it.
So basically Kristoff had no power because he was too stupid and too cheap to buy one, he is pissed off at his neighbors for being smarter? Am I missing anything?
Here’s the link to Kristof’s column. It’s as silly as Rush said:
I’m sure he needed one for his Gerbil injector.
I don’t know what Kristoff’s personal situation was, but being as he’s an MSM propagandist, he’s simply writing what he thinks will inflame the the proles. He’s telling them that those who had generators to help them through their difficulty had them because they had some unfair advantage. Hell, Obama gave them a phone...why not a generator like the rich pigs (who caused global warming to begin with) do.
I think you are right on.
I pay a lot to have my generator serviced yearly.
Take my generator and kill jobs.
in the end...basically all libs are the nasty little control freaks we can all remember from the 7th grade....
Sounds like it's a 'Rat problem.
Heck, would he be pi$$ at me, I have a tractor turned 15KW and a 5.5KW gasoline powered backup for it.
I'm double bad and proud of it!
I reckon it is Paladin2. It’s nice for a change to be able to say I’m one of the 99% though. For that I thank you.
Liberals are the same way, they want to pull the ones being successful back into misery and squalor, rather than help each other out of it.
Aside from that, there is a heavy dose of 'grasshopper and ant' here, some prepare, and with a little luck they have what they need (it isn't destroyed by the events which make that necessary), the others who don't, don't.
But if you passed a law which said they all had to have some means to generate their own power, the liberals would be the first to scream...for someone else to take care of them.
I find it ironic that Kristoff is so steamed up about personal generators, when this same guy thought it cool if everyone made a power grid obselete by having solar panels. Just makes no sense. People having personal power is a good thing, right?
Leftists despise any sort of future orientation and resent anyone having anything that everyone else doesn't have. If they all can't have it, then no one should have it. So think leftists.
Remember that, those of you who are seriously into prepping.
I hate reality shows but would happily watch one where Kristof was put through the aggravate of suffering that would result if these generators were taken.
What a pathetic little twerp.
While searching for the article an any other reactions, I found that is is not the first time the NYT published such a piece. They ran one after the Oct 29, 2011 snowstorm that hit the Northeast.
As expected, the moonbat readers agree and believe that they are causing more global warming damage and must be heavily taxed and regulated (with exceptions of course)
We need to shine the light on this concept that it is somehow the job of the government to determine and manage “fairness” in our society.
They believe that nobody can argue against “fair”, or they’ll be labeled “racist”.
Let’s start by asserting that they’ve had the microphone or the power too long, so it’s only “fair” that they sit down and shut up!
Only rich people can afford generators, so it shouldn’t be legal to own a generator. Thus spake an idiot at the NY Times.
Just add the coming hyperinflation, and we’ll be another Zimbabwe. Which is Obama’s plan.