The PJ O\’Rouke Commencement Speech

Yeah, it\’s, umm, OK.

The thing is though, having read just about alll of the man\’s output over the years, I can\’t place which previous essays and books the jokes come from but I know I\’ve read them before.

Wealth is not a pizza, where if I have too many slices you have to eat the Domino\’s box


Instead, be a corporate lawyer and make $500,000 a year. No matter how much you cheat the IRS, you\’ll still end up paying $100,000 in property, sales and excise taxes. That\’s $100,000 to schools, sewers, roads, firefighters and police.

Both Eat the Rich, aren\’t they?


3 thoughts on “The PJ O\’Rouke Commencement Speech”

  1. You are correct, although in the second quote he used “United States Marines” instead of police.


  2. So should we condemn the younger P J O’Rourke because he imitated the older P J O’Rourke? The way I see it, an unoriginal joke is still a good joke if the author is smart and writes well. And O’Rourke is, and does.

    Tim adds: Very true, it’s just that I expect so much more from The Master.

  3. Surely a Lawyer doesn’t generate any value though, only redistributes it. So the argument doesn’t work here.

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