Now is the time at Ed Driscoll.com when we juxtapose!
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as “bad luck.”
— Robert Heinlein, from a passage oft-quoted by Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.com.
Over the last six months, we’ve had a string of bad luck. There have been some things that we could not control*. You had an Arab Spring in the Middle East that promises more democracy and more human rights for people**, but also drove up gas prices***. Tough for the economy, a lot of uncertainty.
— “Obama: ‘Bad Luck’ to Blame for Economy” — Alana Goodman at Commentary, quoting the president today.
And yes, “a lot of uncertainty” is indeed “tough for the economy.”
* Says the man who promised to slow “the rise of the oceans.”
** The Arab Spring “promises more democracy and more human rights for people?” If you say so.
*** Hey, remember when higher energy prices was a platform to campaign on?
(Concept via SDA.)
Update: John Hinderaker of Power Line on “Obama’s Run of Bad Luck.”