Graham, crackers

Golly, Tim Graham is so dumb he makes me sympathize with Robert Scheer.

Robert Scheer’s crude hackery is perhaps best remembered by his book “With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush, and Nuclear War,” complete with a cartoon cover showing missiles where the schlongs belong.

No, he isn’t, because (1) that was the cover of “Thinking Tuna Fish, Talking Death” and (2) if anything, he’s best remembered for doing the Playboy interview with then-Gov. Jimmy Carter where Carter admitted he had “lust in his heart.” Also, Graham’s idea of a crazy Scheer quote is this:

“The mood of the Republican congressional leadership is so ideologically obtuse as to doom even this modest first step down the path of responsibility. They would rather kill people than raise taxes.”

It sounds crazy, but how many times since 1997 (when Scheer wrote that) has the GOP congress raised taxes? And, how many times have they declared war?


3 thoughts on “Graham, crackers

  1. Um, how to put this?

    I don’t understand why you are saying that Tim Graham is dumb. He’s dumb because he mixed up the book cover of one of Scheer’s books with the cover of another one of Scheer’s books? Sorry, but that seems an ordinary enough mistake that non-dumb people make.

    As for the “kill people” quote, I’ve read the column. In context, “kill people” meant that they refused to hike cigarette taxes to fund more health care subsidies. It WAS a relatively crazy way to put it, as you admit.

    So I’m left wondering, Why is Tim Graham dumb again?

  2. Because he apparently doesn’t know how Scheer got his pedestal in the first place, and thinks his career can be boiled down to a book cover (for which book, he doesn’t know) and two mean things he said about Republicans.

  3. Actually, the cigarette comment of Scheer’s was perfectly accurate — the GOP refused to hike an entirely defensible tax (with no conceivable economic argument against it) in order to fund measures to improve people’s health, thereby preventing some deaths.

    If you want to jump Scheer, there are actually much better ways to do it. I well remember his tenure as “Ramparts” magazine’s 1960s editor, at which time it was enthusiastically pro-North Vietnam (NOT just anti-Vietnam War) and very enthusiastic about JFK assassination theories requiring the involvement of hundreds of government officials, none of whom squealed.

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