David M. Rubenstein is a squillionaire asshole
Get a load of this hagiography in the Times. They must be trying to undo all the good work squillionaire assholes Sam Zell and Tom Perkins did.
“The United States cannot afford to do the things it used to do,” Mr. [David M.] Rubenstein said, “and I think it would be a good thing if more people would say: ‘My national zoo needs money, the archives need money. I think we’re going to have to do more for them.’ ”
And there is plenty more to do in a city that has not only suffered from cutbacks in federal spending but which historically has lacked both the wealth and the philanthropic traditions of places like New York.
If you believe that taxes fund spending, then what we ought to be doing is clawing back a few squillions from assholes like Rubinstein, and the government could "afford" to do a lot more than it does, and moreover spend the money on what the people decide to spend it on democratically, instead of on whatever bees squillionaire assholes have in their bonnets this week or this month. Resetting the income tax top rate to Eisenhower levels (91%) would be an excellent start.
And if you believe, correctly, that taxes do not fund spending -- that is, if you buy into MMT -- then (a) the United States can "afford" to fund whatever it has the productive capacity to do, even though (b) squillionaire assholes like Rubenstein, Zell, Tyler, et al. have funded and own the many institutions and individuals that will tell you otherwise, when you watch the teebee, listen to those nice folks on NPR, or pay attention to agnotology propagated by the political class.
What a farce. A great nation, relying on scraps from a squillionaire asshole's table. What next? Titles of nobility?
UPDATE Misses this: "My national zoo." Indeed, Dave -- if I may call you Dave. Indeed.