Liberals are just people whose fathers never told them that money doesn’t grow on trees.

I’m painting with a broad brush, of course. I’m applying one guy’s statement to a large (although not the largest) segment of American society.

Still, I think I’m on solid ground here. Liberals think money grows on trees.

Ezra Klein, talking about the health care “reform” bill currently being bandied about in the U.S. Senate:

Expectations were that the Senate would get the CBO score for its health-care bill today. It didn’t. Or, to be more precise, it didn’t get the CBO score it wanted. The proposal Reid’s office sent to the CBO did not come in beneath the $900 billion limit, so the bill is being tweaked and trimmed until CBO gives Reid the answer he’s looking for.

That’s just the set-up. Here’s the money shot:

There’s nothing particularly strange about this process, but it means that the proposal that Reid’s office thought struck a decent balance between cost and generosity will now become a bit less affordable for individuals in order to cost the government a bit less money.

Ah. Less affordable for individuals means it costs the government less. How noble of those individuals, throwing themselves upon the grenade of higher costs like that in order to protect their beloved government!

Question: where the hell does Klein think the government gets its money? It just magically appears under the government’s pillow whenever the government loses a tooth? They collect the magical chocolate eggs laid at midnight by Galapagos dragons and trade them in for Culvers’ tokens which they then sell on the black market? They secretly create clone armies for mystical pseudo-warrior societies without those societies’ knowledge?

Where, Ezra? Where?

Klein exemplifies the adage “it’s their money.” It’s the government’s money. The fact that it’s in your wallet at the moment, that’s just an unfortunate necessity. Someday, Ezra hopes, we’ll be able to cut the middleman out entirely, and then things will really start to happen.

(The TrogloPundit, a.k.a. Lance Burri, blogs at The TrogloPundit)

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