Image Credit: Armando Gallo/Retna LtdOn Curb Your Enthusiasm, the list of things that annoy Larry David is amusingly endless. Teenaged trick-or-treaters who don’t take Halloween seriously; house tours; bald chefs who are ashamed of their baldness. But there’s one thing that is making the real David smile these days: Republican tax cuts. In an op-ed in today’s New York Times, the Seinfeld funnyman mock-celebrated the government’s decision to extend the Bush tax cuts on the extremely wealthy: “There is a God! It passed! The Bush tax cuts have been extended two years for the upper bracketeers, of which I am a proud member, thank you very much. I’m the last person in the world I’d want to be beside, but I am beside myself! This is a life changer, I tell you. A life changer! … Last month, the antenna [on my 20-inch Zenith with the rabbit ears] broke and I tried to improvise one with a metal hanger and wound up cutting myself. Every time I see that scab, I say to myself, ‘If, God willing, those Bush tax cuts are restored, I’m going to buy a new TV.’ Well, guess what? They have been! … Life was good, and now it’s even better. Thank you, Republicans. And a special thank you to President Obama and the Democrats. I didn’t know you cared.”
Clearly, David’s enthusiasm is being curbed, with tongue-in-cheek. Still, it’s tough to complain when you can lambaste a political decision, get credit for being altruistic, yet still profit from the perceived financial injustice. Give David points for trying.