Muffin consumption pivotal issue in 2012. Really?
September 5, 2012 1 Comment
A writer who teaches at Columbia managed to file another subjective, liberal polemic with the New York Times the other day. In the piece, the author invokes the memory of her deceased, Korean immigrant father to denounce . . . you guessed it, Mitt Romney.
And the decisive issue for Asian immigrants in 2012? How one eats a muffin.
This time, the opinion writer drags us along an arc strewn with references to airline peanut packets and Burberry scarves, whatever those are. She arbitrarily parks the words “Anglo-Saxon” in the vicinity of Ann Romney’s name, in a bald attempt to evoke from her readers whatever animus may have been deposited by past ethnic studies professors.
As for breakfast habits, the writer would have us believe that, for miserly immigrants like her father, they’re a game changer:
I can only imagine what he would have had to say about a presidential candidate so heedless he eats only the top off a muffin. No matter how loyal a Republican, my father would likely have declared Mr. Romney a very silly, profligate man — not the kind of man to be trusted with his precious tax money. Perhaps his vote would have gone to a Democrat for the first time ever. Politico has declared the Asian-American vote “key for both parties.” Will muffin-top-gate cause other immigrant parents to join their Democratic-leaning children?
This passage, besides being an unrealistic fantasy, betrays the totalizing tendency of liberals. That is chiefly, the conflation of private behavior with public obligations. If a police officer tucks in his daughter at night with a tender kiss, does he become too gentle to chase and pin down a violent suspect the next day? In the same way, how a businessman spends his own earnings has no connection with his performance at his day job.
Indeed, it was President Clinton who called Romney’s business record “sterling.” Car elevators and the alleged discarding of muffin bottoms don’t erase the over 100,000 jobs and healthy profit Romney generated at Bain; neither do they negate his tremendous service to the Salt Lake Olympics.
And since we’re counting, let’s not forget all the penny-pinching, middle class markers of Mr. Romney: his “cheap” kitchen light bulb fix, the family vacations in a wood-paneled station wagon, and his regular trips flying economy class, even at the risk of air rage fisticuffs.
The appropriate scrutiny for this election is not on what a businessman does with privately-purchased muffins, but what a public steward like President Barack Obama has done with the people’s money. An added $6,000,000,000,000 to the debt, the failed $800 billion stimulus (check the graph here), support of green flops like high speed rail and Solyndra, and an otherwise total lack of leadership on the federal budget make a better case for profligacy than any half-eaten baked breakfast good ever could.
If we’re going to talk muffin waste, Barack Obama has wantonly discarded untold dumpster loads of them, in the belief that he could always tax the muffin-rich or inflate his way out of the muffin debt.
So there we have it. A mainstream publication continues to avail itself as a platform for utterly unconvincing liberal carping. It would have been genuinely interesting to have an honest exposition of what ideas animated the writer’s allegiance to the Democratic party. For now, the consuming public must be content with a couched, self-referential diatribe of cross-generational rebellion. That, and whatever else the enlightened editors toss our way.