The Lights Go Out
Published on September 9, 2010 By Daiwa In The Environment

So, for the sake of a fart in a thunderstorm, the bulb-makers of Winchester, Virginia are this month joining the other Americans who have lost their bulb-making jobs.  The free market never produces this kind of result.  It takes politics to do this to people.  The lesson in politics is beautifully simple:  take a questionable premise; steep it in demagoguery and make unthinking adherence to it a litmus test; assert it repeatedly – preferably using impressive but unparsable adjectives – as established fact; and then, when you’ve killed people’s jobs by acting urgently on your unexamined premise, send Washington Post reporters to write a solicitous puff piece on how sad and ironic it is for them.

Would be hysterically funny if it weren't so pathetically sad.


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on Sep 09, 2010

Unbelievable.

on Sep 09, 2010

Would be hysterically funny if it weren't so pathetically sad.

That is the quote of the year. The expression use to be "damned with faint praise", but can more accurately now be called "damned with the best of intentions, and lack of intelligence".  We do not have to worry about anyone coming in and conquering us.  We have met the enemy and he is us.

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