My favorite sophist, Thomas Sowell, in a recent column again illuminated us with his deceptive moonshine. I quote: “… there is a lot to think about in the economic disaster that we are in.” He did refrain from adding “at the present time.” Then he wrote, “With the Obama administration being on an anti-business kick, boasting of putting their foot (they have only one?) on some business’ neck, and the president talking about putting his foot on another part of the anatomy…”
What he DOES NOT SAY and does not want you to notice that he does not say is that “the economic disaster that we are in” was created by businesses that DID NOT HAVE constraints,(id est, regulatory feet) on their shenanigans.
I can’t resist paraphrasing James Madison (you remember him from high school history, don’t you?) who answered his own question: “Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint. If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” Feet on their necks wouldn’t be necessary, either.
Is it not probable that there would have been no disaster in the Gulf of Mexico if somebody had placed a boot somewhere on British Petroleum’s anatomy?
And when Mr. Sowell writes “economic disaster that WE are in” is he including himself? I thought that with his salary and perks as a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution he has come through in better shape than most.
(The Hoover Institution is a cousin of the American Enterprise Institute, which put a boot on another part of the anatomy of a member after he wrote uncritically of President Obama. Madison, as you knew, was a major force in the creation of our Constitution, under which he served as our fourth president.)
By Jim Turner – Lodi, CA