George F. Will — or, as Charlie Pierce has dubbed him, “George Effing Will” — proves once again that just because someone has the capability to push a noun up against a verb and make it sound erudite doesn’t mean that what he’s saying isn’t a steaming pile of horseshit.
Conservative columnist George Will on Sunday made a small government argument for dealing with Ebola in the United States, saying that the current government could not be trusted because it had become too large.
“Government is not competent,” Will argued on Fox News Sunday. “Frankly, it is not competent under Republicans or under Democrats. It is always a monopoly, and monopolies are not disciplined by market forces to connect them with reality.”
“Teasing this segment, you said, ‘Can we had [sic] faith in government?'” Will reminded Fox News host Chris Wallace. “I think we have much more to fear from excessive faith in government than from too little faith in government. You asked, ‘Can we trust the government to do its job?’ What isn’t its job now?”
The pundit pointed to government “fine tuning the curriculum of our students K through 12 [through Common Core], it’s monitoring sex on campuses, it’s deciding how much ethanol we should put in our gas tanks, it has designed our light bulbs, and it’s worried sick over the name of the Washington football team.”
And yet he doesn’t seem to have a problem with government regulating what a woman can do with her body, who can marry whom, or whether or not certain people can vote in an election. Ironically, Mr. Effing Will makes his rather fat and comfortable living pontificating how terrible our government is. If it worked up to his standards, he would be out on his hypocritical ass looking for work as a color commentator for the Albuquerque Isotopes minor league baseball team and trying to explain to the hoi polloi why a bow tie is better than a bolo.
By the way, being a good writer doesn’t make you intellectually superior. It does, however, qualify you to apply for a job at Hallmark.