January 20, 2016

Quote of the Day

The lovely bride and I watched Atlas Shrugged Part II last night (she watched Part I while I was workin' for the man). No, they're not cinematographic masterpieces but I'm surprised how derided they are. I still enjoy watching them.

But this is not Review Corner, damnit, this is a blog post! And Holman Jenkins has a brilliant editorial in the WSJ Ed Page today: "Bad Day for the Wal-Mart Americans." Straight out of a Rand novel, Jenkins juxtaposes the greedy progressives in the District of Columbia's insatiable thirst to impede Walmart's business model with the same bloodsuckers' tumult when proposed stores are cancelled.

To the politicians who serve as gatekeepers to opportunity, which first requires erecting obstacles to opportunity, the company has become unfit for citizenship in their republic of rent-seeking. "I'm blood mad," Mayor Muriel E. Bowser told a news conference. "This is devastating and disrespectful to the residents of the East End of the District of Columbia," former Mayor Vincent Gray told the Washington Post.

The proverbial Martian would wonder why politicians are surprised by a shortage of jobs for their constituents, when they continually promote policies that drive jobs away.


The whole piece is awesome on stilts.

Quote of the Day Posted by John Kranz at January 20, 2016 2:51 PM

Whole thing link the.

Posted by: johngalt at January 20, 2016 6:01 PM

Nice article. Excellent points on Trump, Cruz, and Obama.

Enjoyed the props for Atlas Shrugged Part II. I like to tell Randians who deride those films, "They are the best film adaptations of Atlas Shrugged ever made."

Posted by: johngalt at January 20, 2016 6:16 PM

My link ("has") was too small, sorry.

Posted by: jk at January 20, 2016 7:15 PM

Please let me try this again.

[Seems if you navigate there from a google search (this link) you get the full "behind the pay wall" version. I thought it was a different link, so I skipped the google search step in my previous attempt.]

Posted by: johngalt at January 20, 2016 7:35 PM

That is an interesting end-around the WSJ firewall... has Google swung another deal like has been alleged in Germany and sweden*?

The best quote is

Donald Trump is not right that our politicians are stupid or incompetent. They are very competent at being politicians.

* [Merkel's Gov't] concluded an agreement with Facebook, Google, and Twitter to censor German “hate speech” about migrants on social media So the next time a "Taharrush gamea" event occurs, the victims will be accused of hate speech unless they blame white men.

Posted by: nanobrewer at January 21, 2016 1:17 PM | What do you think? [5]