It's the result of having a lobotomy with a rusty and dull scalpel. Here's my proof:
Recently, the commie fingersniffers at Talking Points Memo ran a story about how some bougerois socialist from academia, Susan Feinberg of Rutgers, "caught" Republican Congressman Paul Ryan with two bottles of $350 wine at his table at the swanky Bistro Bis in Babylon...er, uh....Washington DC. The "outraged", and according to Ryan, drunk as hell, Feinberg demanded to know if the men Ryan was eating with were lobbyists. (They weren't. They were economists Cliff Asness and John Cochrane.) After she finished her own very elobarate and expensive meal, Feinberg then marched over to Ryan's table and asked the Congressman how he could live with himself, since he was paying for expensive wine while cutting benefits for poor and elderly. (It should be noted that Ryan paid for his meal and one of the bottles of wine.)
Now, this column is not about defending Paul Ryan. It's about defending capitalism and showing how incredibly stupid the 2+2=5 Left truly is. From the Talking Points Memo propaganda piece:
"Feinberg, an economist by training, was even more appalled when the table ordered a second bottle. She quickly did the math and figured out that the $700 in wine the trio consumed over the course of 90 minutes amounted to more than the entire weekly income of a couple making minimum wage.
'We were just stunned,' said Feinberg, who e-mailed TPM about her encounter later the same evening. 'I was an economist so I started doing the envelope calculations and quickly figured out that those two bottles of wine was more than two-income working family making minimum wage earned in a week.' "
Here's the funny part: Feinberg, as an economist, should know that Paul Ryan's expensive wine actually created more jobs and more wealth than any government program could ever hope to. After all, Ryan's purchase helped to pay the maitre d of the restauant. And the head chef. And the sous chef. And the kitchen porter. And the busboys. And the wine sales rep. And the wine distributor. And the winery. Just like Leonard Read pointed out in his mind blowing essay "I, Pencil", no product on God's green and cooling earth can be produced by just one entity. A product is produced by the effort of countless people and countless numbers of people benefit from its purchase. This isn't just "Right Wing rhetoric", this is an undeniable fact, just as it's an undeniable fact that the countless numbers of people who who benefit from the purchase of a product are also people who purchase products. This creates an endless cycle of wealth redistribution that the government, despite how clever it thinks it is, can NEVER reproduce. (Oh, you don't believe me ? Ask anyone who is a LEGAL immigrant from the former Soviet Union, China, Cuba, or Venezuela how well the forced redistribution of wealth works.)
The reality of the situation is this: the American Left is nothing more than a bunch of bougerois socialists who are economically illiterate morons. They will never understand how their idiotic attempts to help the so-called poor harm everyone. They will never understand the fact that the forced redistribution of wealth creates a far larger wealth inequality than capitalism does. (The politburo always lives better than the proletariat. I can assure you that Hu Jintao, the dictator of China, lives waaaaay better than a slave...er, uh....employee at FoxConn.)
God help us all.