The best stupidity money can buy

You have to wonder whether the guy who recently wrote this:

Why shouldn’t the president surround himself with successful people? Wealthy folks have no need to steal or engage in corruption. Their business success demonstrates that they know how to achieve goals and convince skeptics that good deals can be made to the benefit of both sides. Isn’t this just what America needs?

knows what an unbelievable lie that is or is really stupid enough to believe it. I’d like to suggest a third option: willful stupidity. If Larry Kudlow thought about that sentence for five seconds, he’d realize it’s bullshit. But Kudlow has been very, very well-compensated precisely because he’s prepared to say this kind of crap without thinking about it. He’s stupid, but that’s his competitive advantage.

I look forward to Kudlow’s potential tenure as the chair of Trump’s council of economic advisers, mostly because at this point I think we all have to embrace the suck to some degree. I’m not a “heighten the contradictions” person, and in fact I routinely feel like I’m voting for the lesser of two evils and do it anyway. But the greater evil won this time and has been winning at every level below president for a while now, so it’s going to get bad and there’s not much anybody can do about it for the next couple of years. The steeper the dive, the less time this gang will have to stick around and wreck everything in a longer-term sense.

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