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A letter to the WSJ from a guy in Eastpointe

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 06/16/2010 - 06:12


I like it a lot when the local guy steps up.

The letter below from Mark Maisonneuve of Eastpointe (formerly East Detroit, formerly Halfway) Michigan, was written in response to an op-ed written by Daniel B. Klein and published in the Wall Street Journal a week or so ago under the following title.

The original op-ed is recommended.

I liked the letter even better.  


Who is better informed about the policy choices facing the country—liberals, conservatives or libertarians? According to a Zogby International survey that I write about in the May issue of Econ Journal Watch, the answer is unequivocal: The left flunks Econ 101.


Prof. Klein's survey results provide an important insight into the reason liberals and progressives, including President Barack Obama, are so obsessed with fairness over growth.
They truly do not understand how wealth is created and therefore believe it is largely a matter of luck.
In that case, it is only reasonable to transfer wealth from the lucky to the unlucky.
Relentless education about the idea that luck is only a small part relative to hard work, ingenuity and rewards is a desperately needed antidote.
Mark Maisonneuve,  Eastpointe, Mich.

To quote William F. Buckley Jr. again and again

Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 05/06/2010 - 06:17


“I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.”
 “The academic community has in it the biggest concentration of alarmists, cranks and extremists this side of the giggle house.”
“Scientists are people who build the Brooklyn Bridge and then buy it.”
“Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”
“Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples' money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other people's freedom and security.”
“Conservatives should be adamant about the need for the reappearance of Judeo-Christianity in the public square.”
 “Back in the thirties we were told we must collectivize the nation because the people were so poor. Now we are told we must collectivize the nation because the people are so rich.”
“Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.”
“It had all the earmarks of a CIA operation; the bomb killed everybody in the room except the intended target!”
 “I get satisfaction of three kinds. One is creating something, one is being paid for it and one is the feeling that I haven't just been sitting on my ass all afternoon.”
“Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.”
“The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.”
 “One must bear in mind that the expansion of federal activity is a form of eating for politicians.”
“I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word "fair" in connection with income tax policies.”
“The more complicated and powerful the job, the more rudimentary the preparation for it.”
 “You cannot paint the "Mona Lisa" by assigning one dab each to a thousand painters.”
 “Mr. Bush is in the hands of a fortune that will be unremitting on the point of Iraq. If he'd invented the Bill of Rights, it wouldn't get him out of his jam.”


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