I know I swore off the Sunday morning news shows but, much like it's hard to look away from a car wreck or stop fiddling with a sore tooth, I sometimes can't help myself.
It's tough to describe just how nauseating I found the round-table discussion on yesterday's Meet the Press.
Populated by out-of-touch, inside-the-Beltway, dusty old septuagenarians Tom Brokaw, Peggy Noonan, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Bob Woodward, this quartet of blue-haired mid-20th century luminaries, along with unctuous Tim Russert-wannabe host David Gregory, were discussing the federal budget deficit and the looming "austerity" measures that may be necessary to remedy the situation when Noonan came out with this earnest gem (paraphrasing):
Well, we're just going to have to convince the American people that "everyone needs a haircut."
She went on to say [inaccurately] 80% of the every federal dollar goes toward "entitlement spending" and hinted that cuts to Social Security and Medicare are a near certainty. Remember, these comments came less than two weeks after the President and Congress passed a tax cut bill that conservative estimates say will add more than $700-billion to the deficit over the next 10 years.
Well, there's your haircut.