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madoc62
Apr. 20th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Blog Entry In Error: Political Sarcasm Tag Missing
Andy,

You missed a tag for Barry's blog entry.

I think "sarcasm," "absurdist humor," and / or "nonsense" would describe it more accurately.

Madoc
bovil
Apr. 20th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
Re: Blog Entry In Error: Political Sarcasm Tag Missing
You'll have to ask Barry if you want to know his authorial intent.
madoc62
Apr. 20th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
Re: Blog Entry In Error: Political Sarcasm Tag Missing
Andy,

Come on now, no need to be so disingenuous. Mr. Short's piece is nonsense and absurdist from its opening line to its closing one. Salaries are not the "single largest component of government spending" and nor is "and you should log off and never log on again" any more sensical either.

That plus the fact that nothing which he posted in his Thirteen Ways would at all affect taxation. Sure, they might have some effect on government spending but that's not what the Tea Party protest was about. So, Short's piece is both absurdist _and_ off the mark.

Like I said, it's missing its "humor" tag.

Madoc
bovil
Apr. 20th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
Re: Blog Entry In Error: Political Sarcasm Tag Missing
I would guess (and I've known Barry for a while) that it's an absurdist rant satirizing the protesters as libertarian-come-latelys feeding off the government trough while complaining about it. But if you really want to know, ask.

I take it you haven't read Grover Norquist's bit about how proud he was that tea party protesters were making the sophisticated connection between government spending and taxation.

I'm really getting mixed messages. Were the tea party protests about taxes? Or spending? Or deficits? Or expressing anger at the current economic situation? Or losing to Obama?
madoc62
Apr. 20th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
Andy,

You posted this one proclaiming it to be a list of "Tax Protests That Work."

None of what the good Mr. Barry wrote of concerns taxes only spending. None of what the good Mr. Barry wrote concerns anything at all real world or actually serious in its intent.

Instead, Barry wrote about some absurdist "solutions" to - at best - inspire future government _spending_ reductions.

No "solutions" were presented for reducing taxation directly.

Thus, either you completely misunderstood the concept of taxation versus spending or you completely misunderstood Barry's posting an absurdist post or you completely misunderstood the very concept of a _tax_ _protest_ to begin with.

So, at best, your post about Barry's piece is missing its "humor" tag as that's the only way it could be related to anything else going on in the world.

Madoc
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