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Jobs = Jobs, O = O

October 7th, 2011 - 5:31 am

A while back, I saw a subtle, funny cartoon I  just loved—I wish I could remember the cartoonist and give him credit.  It was a disheveled couple walking out of a funeral and the husband says something to the wife like, “I really have to start being a better person.”  It’s hard to live up to a eulogy, in other words—no one is as nice as we say he was after he’s dead.  And yes, with no disrespect whatsoever, I have to admit I’ve found some of the coverage of Steve Jobs’ untimely death on the fulsome side.  The guy was no Thomas Edison, though he did make a respectable rush at Henry Ford.

But understand, that’s in the nature of the eulogizing beast. And if I criticize the media on this, it comes from someone who just switched every device he has over to Mac after 150 years on PC’s and who thinks the iPhone the single best machine since the wheel.

But whatever Jobs’ place in history turns out to be, it will surely be higher than the man who currently occupies the Oval office. Because Jobs made stuff that people want:  the one and only legitimate way to create jobs. He made stuff that was cool and that we liked and that we desired and so we bought it and so he made money and so he hired people to make more cool stuff.  Jobs equaled jobs.

O equals none.  Because he tells us what we ought to want—wind power and higher teacher’s salaries and more bureaucrats and government insurance and electric cars—and when we don’t want it or feel we can’t afford it, he wags his finger and scolds and complains and blames us for not kowtowing to his arrogance and lack of creativity—and then he wonders where the jobs are. Those protesters being paid by unions to occupy Wall Street, demanding “society” pay for their “educations” and their other wastes of time—they never seem to wonder where “society” gets the money to pay for anything.  It gets the money from people like Jobs who make and do things that other people want or need. And if you ain’t doing that, you don’t get no money—unless you take it by force from more productive people than yourself.

Let’s hope the death of Jobs does not symbolize the death of jobs in America.  And let’s hope the next election results deliver an O for O.

A Point in Time

October 4th, 2011 - 6:09 pm

I’ll be down in Los Angeles Wednesday at noon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  It’s a luncheon for the Freedom Center’s inaptly named Wednesday Morning Club. The center’s David Horowitz will be speaking about his new book A Point in Time.  No less a light than Andrew Klavan said of the book:

“A beautiful book, both sad and uplifting. Moving in turns from the intimate to the universal, Horowitz not only explores but also embodies the dignity of the tragic worldview. A Point in Time is a poignant and elegiac reflection on life from a man who bears the burden of unknowing with courage and grace.”

I happen to know this Klavan character and I can tell you he’s stingy with a blurb when he even gives one at all, so this is lavish and heartfelt praise coming from him. David has shown himself a man willing to look at the truth unflinchingly throughout his life. He’s looked at the political truth, of course, but now he’s turned his mind to higher thoughts, ideas of mortality and meaning. His answers may not always be my answers, but his questions are everyone’s, and when a mind like his grapples with them, it’s a majestic business. Read the book and if you’re in the area on Wednesday, come by to see him speak.

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue suggested last week that congressional elections be suspended in order to overcome legislative gridlock in Washington, D.C. Perdue, who is a Democrat, in the sense of not being for democracy, and progressive, in the sense of wanting to drag civilization backwards, later said she was being sarcastic or had been taken out of context or, like, something. But she sounds serious enough on the audio. I think she meant exactly what she said.

Likewise economist Peter Orszag, former head of the Office of Management and Budget under President Obama. Orszag, writing in the New Republicsaid America needs to be “a bit less democratic,” and that “to solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions.” Kind of like in Europe, you know. Where it works so very well

Now, of course, all those silly billies on the right, from silly Rush Limbaugh right on down the silly line, got all exercised about these remarks as if current or former public officials seeking to destroy our unique and hard won liberties in order to further their own clearly misguided and destructive ends should be tarred and feathered, run out of town on a rail, hurled into the Potomac, and pelted with rotten vegetables as they float downstream like the sewage they are. But you won’t hear that kind of rough talk here. (On a side note, did you know you can frequently pick up rotten vegetables for free in the dumpsters behind restaurants? In case, you know, you should need them for any reason.)

After all, why should silly right wingers be surprised that our friends on the left want to suspend elections or outsmart the Constitution’s limits on government power? Can you name a single left-wing policy that can’t be translated into, “The government knows better than the people”? They know better than you how your money should be spent. They know better than you how you should take care of your health. They know better than you how you should run your business and what kind of car you should drive. They even know better than you what sort of light bulbs you should use. Gee, they’re smart. Why would anyone ever want to vote them out of office?

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