Calm Yourself. All Is Well

From Bloomberg comes the irrepressible Ezra Klein. The headline (no joke, it’s word-for-word): Don’t Worry About Deficit That Will Heal Itself.

The opener:

I’m not particularly worried about the budget deficit. In fact, of all the major problems the U.S. faces, I’m least worried about the deficit.

The closing:

…I’m confident that we will, one way or another, muddle through. Because when it comes to the deficit, Congress really has two choices: Do something to solve it, or do nothing and let that solve it. The same can’t be said for issues such as infrastructure and loose nukes and climate change and preparing for pandemic flu. On those questions, congressional inaction isn’t enough to make the problem disappear. So those are the issues I worry about.

The middle is no less idiotic. It’s sad.

Klein’s work became known to me for delivering some of the most simplistic pap there is—and he makes up for the weak writing and analysis by pushing a huge volume of his product. I have no idea why he’s as ubiquitous as he is, as his positions almost never offer insight or possess explanatory power.

He actually makes the satirist’s job difficult: his work is self-satirizing at its creation.

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About Professor Mockumental

I enjoy almost all forms of parody, buffoonery, and general high-jinks. Satire has shown itself to be an essential societal need; I therefore humbly offer my services in such a manner. I enjoy mocking the usual suspects at the New York Times (Charles Blows, Moron Dowd, and the earth is flat guy) and Washington Post (Dana Milkbag, E.D. Dijon, and David Ignoramus). There are many others as well, but sadly, there are always too many targets and too little time.

Posted on April 5, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Mark,

    Your site is satirical and this article is concise so I thought you and / or your readers might find our community’s response to the same topic interesting: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/ forums/budget-deficit-will-just-go-away…feel free to use it on your site as a follow-up if you like in addition to exploring our vast Wall Street community for expanded readership. Hope all is well, and keep up the good work!

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