The fundamental thing you need to understand when talking to deficit hawks is that when they say something is painful or that cuts will hurt people, you need to recognize that what they really mean is that the cuts will be painful TO SOMEONE ELSE and hurt people THEY DON’T KNOW AND WILL NEVER MEET. That’s why it’s so easy to be a condescending asshole about the budget. That’s why it takes nothing to suggest raising the retirement age for Social Security. That’s why, after taking a month off from writing on the internet to recover from a cold, he can tell people who work back-breaking manual labor every day of their god damned lives for much less money than he or McMegan earn that they should “contribute” more to their health care costs.A-fucking-men.
("He" = Andrew Sullivan, who'sgoodontortureblahfuckingblah but also a Bell Curve defender aka polite racist. Plus he wants poor people to die so his tiny, vestigial conscience isn't pricked by them. And there's the whole anti-war protesters were a third column line which he pretended to apologize for.)