Buzz Bissinger continued what’s turning out to be a midlife unlikeability tour today by endorsing Mitt Romney:
As I get older, on the cusp of 58, I am moving more to the center or even tweaking right, or at least not tied to any ideology. Those making more than $250,000 should pay more taxes, and that does include me. But I also am tired of Obama’s constant demonization, of those he spits out as “millionaires and billionaires,” as pariahs. Romney’s comments at a fundraiser were stupid, but 47 percent of Americans do not pay federal income taxes. Yes, a majority are poor and seniors. But millions do not pay such taxes with incomes of more than $50,000, and whether it’s as little as $10, every American should contribute both as a patriotic obligation and skin in the game. This is our country, not our country club.
a) Those people do pay more than $10 in taxes, via sales taxes, payroll taxes, etc.; b) since when do you get to make an argument, say, “now, naturally, once your look at the evidence, this characterization doesn’t hold up,” and then broaden that argument? and c) I would love to hear what portion of the original Friday Night Lights subjects falls into Bissinger’s description of the 47%, and whether there’s an explanation for how the people Bissinger once wrote about with such empathy became entitled freeloaders — preferably an explanation that doesn’t involve the corresponding growth of Bissinger’s bank account. It takes a lot of balls to make a personal fortune off some poor high school football players and then turn around and call them freeloaders.
Of course, Romney has unofficially adopted the FNL slogan for his campaign, so perhaps Bissinger is just paying back the favor. Either way, Bissinger hasn’t written a good book in well over a decade, and instead spends his days penning cantankerous columns about how everybody younger/poorer/more internet than him sucks. Can we stop listening to him, please?
Erik Loomis with more.