Sarah Hoyt over at Instapundit went trolling trough Democratic Underground and came up with this gem:
…Let’s say that you have the ability to print your currency using your computer printer, and every merchant accepted your printouts as a valid exchange for goods and services. You need to pick up your dry cleaning? You printout a $20 bill and your cleaners hand over your garments without question. Same would be true for your mortgage, groceries, car note, etc. Your creditors even accept your printouts as payment on your debts.
Given this, how can you ever be broke? Answer, you cannot be broke. The U.S. government is not in debt simply because it can create currency to pay off the debt, and our creditors gladly accept our currency as payment on our debts. You see, the world needs our dollars because the world needs oil, and in order to buy oil, you need dollars, which means that the world needs to stockpile dollars, and that means that the U.S. can print all of the money that it wants without incurring massive hikes in interest rates to attract lenders…
This is beyond weapons-grade stupid – so stupid that you are actually at a loss about how to answer it. Last night after the debate I got in to a Facebook argument with a liberal who was flabbergasted that I believe sea power to be important. She demanded proof that we need a powerful Navy! She persisted in this view even after I noted that 90% of global commerce goes by sea and if there isn’t a benevolent power to keep the sea lanes open, that might be a problem. A couple months ago I heard a couple people debating about the election and one of them was going to vote for Obama because “I’m worried that Romney is going to take away women’s rights”. During the 2nd Presidential debate we had the questioner who wondered what Romney is going to do about “women making 72% of what men make”. The point I’m making here is that we’re dealing with people – some of whom are actually intelligent and well meaning – who are so ignorant of the basic facts that they don’t even know what the issues confronting us are.
I’m a convinced democrat for the simple reason that anything worth doing is worth doing badly – meaning that the most important and crucial decisions of life (whom to marry, where to work, who gets to make the laws, etc) should be done by those least prepared by education and training to rule on the matter. This is because if it is left in the hands of “experts” you’re either going to get boneheaded “experts” who make a hash of things or you’re going to get really effective “experts” who will create an inhuman tyranny. Among the broad mass of the people, on average, you are going to get common sense most of the time. You will, though, also get nonsense every now and again (and thus Obama is President). But, on the whole, I trust that if my fellow fools of the world get to make the decisions then I’m going to be safer and happier. But, my goodness, how did it happen that the quotient of people who are the big winners in the ignorant fool sweepstakes wind up so heavily concentrated in the Democrat party?
You’d expect that each party would have about an equal share of people who don’t really know what is going on – but we here on the GOP side, a few kooks aside, tend to know at least what the argument is about. Our Democrats seem to be increasingly living in a fantasy world. A place divorced from reality where the Navy is unimportant, access to birth control is a key issue and the government can never go broke because we can always just print up more money!
Something must happen on the Democrat side – a break must come. Some how or another reality must eventually make an entrance over there.