Other Than That, How Did You Like the Earthquake, Mrs. Lincoln?

“Congresswoman Says Deadly Haitian Earthquake ‘Was A Blessing,'” as spotted by Florida’s Shark Tank blog:

 I’ve been to Haiti prior to the earthquake, and I would consider the earthquake even it might sound strange, but the earthquake was a blessing, it  eventually will be.-Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)

The congresswoman added that the people inhabiting the numerous tents that have been erected as a result of the earthquake were “not necessarily people who are affected by the earthquake,” and were actually people who “moved into the tents after the earthquake because they can get free water, and food and everything.”

 They moved from the countryside to the city, thousands and thousands moved because that was the place to be because that’s where you got the international aid, that’s where you got the international healthcare.” – Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)


Perhaps her source was MSNBC: “Olbermann Uses Devastating Haiti Earthquake…to Justify ObamaCare!,” Newsbusters reported three years ago. Which was right around the same time that this similarly unfortunate soundbite occurred:

Education Secretary Arne Duncan called Hurricane Katrina “the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans” because it forced the community to take steps to improve low-performing public schools, according to excerpts from the transcript of a television interview made public Friday afternoon.

As I wrote at time, James Wolcott and Michael Moore could not be reached for comment. (SMOD’s being awfully quiet as well.)

But all of these meteorological-themed Start From Zero moments pale (pail?) next to Paul Krugman praising the economic benefit of mankind’s ultimate CLT-ALT-DLT moment, ‘The Miracle of the 1940s.’

On Saturday, linking to a First Things essay on “Environmentalism’s Deep Misanthropy,” I asked, is the misanthropy present because they’re leftwing environmentalists, or simply because they’re leftists? Right now, my money’s very much on the latter half of the equation.



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