(Screen capture from the Department of Revenue website)
Governor Bobby Jindal and Secretary of Revenue Tim Barfield recently published a salvo by Louisiana State University at Shreveport Professor, Jeff Sadow, titled, “SADOW: Jindal Can’t Let The Demagogues Kill Tax Reform.” suggesting, among other things, that Republicans in Louisiana were merely a victim of their own brilliance and bold ideas. Professor Sadow writes:
“Too often forgotten by conservatives, at least among those who aren’t populists, is that the increased intellectual demands underpinning their philosophy make cognitive demands on many unfamiliar with its study that causes what appears obvious to its articulators not to be understood fully by those receivers. (Conservatives of the populist kind, like liberals in general, base their belief more on emotion and faith with the consequent reduced ability to explain intellectually why they accept it as the superior understanding of why the world works as it does.)”
Straight talk with Sadow here: My friend, you’re a terrible writer. Just terrible. Barely articulate. What did that first sentence even attempt to mean? It’s like the drunk husband who gets pulled over for a DWI and can only muster the same tiresome name-drops, a variation of “Do you have any idea of who I am, my kids, my wife, my job, who I know, and what I’m doing?” This is sloppy, D-level, self-aggrandizing propaganda republished as an “academic analysis.”
And for those you tortured through Sadow’s overwrought statement, I’ll try to translate: He suggests that because it is so hard for conservatives to sound as brilliant as they secretly are, they typically come across as idiots. But relax: It’s not conservatives’s faults; it’s because Democrats are just trying to make them sound dumb by suggesting the facts are fairly simple.
Or something like that.
The “genius” of Sadow’s writing style, if you can call it that, is how desperately (if he were a young writer, you could say the word “cutely”) he fashions himself as the expert.
And fortunately for Sadow, no one else would ever want that title.