By AATTP contributing author, E. Henry Schoenberger
Katie Kieffer, a blond Teapublican airhead, appeared on Martin Bashir’s show yesterday. In addition to revealing Chris Christie is *gasp* not the future of conservatism, she was thoroughly perplexed when Bashir brought up a Facebook post by Sarah Palin that said the federal government is stockpiling bullets. Bashir, stunned by her obvious confusion and naïve overt ignorance, was rendered almost speechless while the other guest could hardly conceal his knowing collegial smirk.
Wow, her wisdom and insight took my breath away as well as Bashir’s. All I know for sure is that she is speaking at CPAC, between the president of the NRA and some other great American intellectual.
To be unclear about Palin’s paranoid and nonsensical Facebook post is understandable. I can’t understand anything out of her mouth, and I suspect I know why. It does not emanate from her head, but rather from her butt. Crude I know, but true.
Katie Kieffer has been invited to speak at CPAC, and is lauded as an up and coming social conservative intellectual who graduated Suma Cum Laude from St. Thomas University in Minnesota. That is, if she told the truth about her education, as so many social conservatives do not. She did not say exactly what year she graduated, as so many do, but she does claim to have “6 years of commercial real estate experience.“ That would mean she was involved in real estate almost exactly when the housing bubble burst and the U.S. economy tanked. I know a little something about that from my 45 years of experience raising $100M for real estate private placements, and after writing a book about why real estate tanked in the mid 80s, as well as what really happened in 2008 and why. And it is not over.
Katie has recommended a stunning reading list which is truly impressive and makes it easy to figure out where she got her sense of economic theories. One that made her list is Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt which is great stuff about the free market and how regulation is dumb. Certainly something that would make Paul Krugman puke. (LOL at his ignorance.)
Like Paul Ryan, another true intellectual, Katie is a devotee of Ayn Rand and loves Ron Paul’s nut job book, End the Fed which espouses how unnecessary it is to have a central bank in a global economy. Mr. Paul contends that all we need is the “self-correcting,” totally unfettered free market. Oh, never mind that this mindset caused the Great Depression and the deregulation from 2000 caused our current financial debacle, because the lovely and clearly economically insightful Katie Kieffer has absorbed, uncritically Paul’s book and Hazlitt’s brilliant tome from 1946 – 7 years before Congress figured out that the 1956 Bank Holding Co. Act was essential to control the size of banks! Is it fair to judge people by what they read?
Finally she recommends the Treatise on Law by St. Thomas Aquinas, the namesake of her alma mater. St. Thomas is the idiot who confined Galileo to house arrest for the last 10 years of his life for being the heretic who discovered the Earth revolved around the Sun; which made it forever after difficult, or confusing, to think about God and his favorite son, Jesus, loafing in the sky. Who knows how many Jewish husbands were told “God did it”? It is my contention that only a Jewish husband would have believed that story.
With great thinkers like Katie (I love her typical Faux Fox hair color) as well as all the rest, I can’t wait to hear how strange Teapublican reality can get. Personally, I look forward to some major epiphanies, don’t you?
Watch the clip. Palin FB post discussed at about 3:30
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