Patio Man Meets Joe The Plumber

David Brooks describes Patio Man — the average middle class suburbanite and concludes:

Patio Man wants change. But this is no time for more risk or more debt. Debt in the future is no solution to the debt racked up in the past. This is a back-to-basics moment, a return to safety and the fundamentals.

Well, perhaps Patio Man should have a conversation with Joe the Plumber. (By the way, will this cast of characters disappear after the election or do we have to make room for an never-ending stream of iconographic figures?) Joe has figured out that Obama intends to spread the wealth — meaning suck up a whole lot more money from the private sector and mush it around. And because one can’t possibly collect enough to mush it sufficiently, we will have to borrow and borrow more money. Debt? My word, we haven’t seen anything yet!

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