Sunday, January 08, 2006

You gotta love George Will.

Bow tie and all.

The Sunday paper had a column by that most polite of Conservatives about the use of the tax code to regulate morality.

In the Hurricane damaged Gulf, some people do not want to use tax subsidized bonds to help rebuild gambling dens.

In his trademark wit, Will sez:

"Not that the casinos need help: They are rebounding briskly, even expanding. Still, government has a sorry record of dispensing billions in corporate welfare for flourishing businesses.

It is mysterious why states or localities that want casinos operating nearby – and providing jobs and tax revenues – also want them afloat, a few feet from a riverbank or ocean shore. (Mississippi has just decided to let them come ashore.) Does the narrow band of water provide prophylactic protection against sin? The communities already have weighed the sin against the jobs and revenues and found the sin congenial."

I'll tell you what, that gave me quite a good laugh on a Sunday morning with my coffee and paper.

I don't always agree with Will on things, but I enjoy his humor and his level-headed thinking.

And as a true conservative, he's not that happy with the current Prez, so that helps, too.
Here's a great example when it came to Bush nominating Meirs for SCOTUS:

"He (W) has neither the inclination nor the ability to make sophisticated judgments about competing approaches to construing the Constitution. Few presidents acquire such abilities in the course of their pre-presidential careers, and this president particularly is not disposed to such reflections."

Ha! Love that.

On the executive power that Bush loves so much:

"Charles de Gaulle, a profound conservative, said of another such, Otto von Bismarck -- de Gaulle was thinking of Bismarck not pressing his advantage in 1870 in the Franco-Prussian War -- that genius sometimes consists of knowing when to stop. In peace and in war, but especially in the latter, presidents have pressed their institutional advantages to expand their powers to act without Congress. This president might look for occasions to stop pressing."

1 comment:

Logophile said...

Whether or not I agree I always enjoy a well made point, especially it is amusingly made.
Sad that the right has so very few amusing pundits, I might be more inclined to listen.