Jesse Jackson Jr: Luddite

Jesse Jackson Jr has discovered the source of our economic woes. It’s the iPad.

On Friday, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) took the House floor and lambasted Apple’s iPad, saying the tablet was “probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs.”

Jackson expressed general outrage over the potential of a paperless society that the iPad threatens to create. “What becomes of publishing companies and publishing company jobs? What becomes of bookstores and libraries, and all of the jobs associated with paper? Well, in the not-too-distant future, such jobs simply won’t exist,” he said.

Here’s the video:

It’s all that dang new-fangled technology that’s doing it. If only we’d stopped Ford and his Model T, the buggy manufacturers would still be in business. The railroads and telegraph put the Pony Express out of business and the riders out of the job. Gutenburg’s invention made  all those scribes unemployed. We just have to stop technology to save the economy.

Trump for President 2

Anyone who still thinks Trump for President is a good idea should read this column by Jonah Goldberg. And when you are done with that, read Trumped, the book Goldberg refers to. I haven’t read the book but Goldberg offers this little tidbit,

But how will “the blacks” feel after the DNC starts distributing excerpts of Trumped, an unofficial biography by a former employee who writes that his old boss hated having a black accountant because “laziness is a trait in blacks,” and, “The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”

Maybe Trumped was written by a disgruntled former employee, but it won’t matter once the mainstream media get ahold of it. I’m sure there is more than enough material there for them to crucify Trump.

I would defend him if he were a real Conservative, but he’s not. He’s a last-minute convert, just so he can semi-credibly run for president as a Republican. There is nothing in his past that would indicate that he is sincere. Back in 2000, in his “The America We Deserve“, he comes out in favor of universal health care, with a single-payer plan.

Jonah Goldberg concludes with an explanation for Trump’s apparent popularity:

Still, I understand why Republicans are so fickle. The GOP field is boring and cautious (though I think boring is an asset in a matchup against Barack Obama), while Trump is a fearless TV-star “birther” having a blast exploiting the media.

I’m with Goldberg. I’d take a dull Cincinnatus over a self-centered celebrity candidate any day.

Misleading Politicians

John Hawkins has a column at, 7 Ways Politicians Mislead the Public. A cynic might say that you can tell a politician is lying, whenever his or her lips are moving.

He starts:

Government has become too damn big, too damn intrusive, and too damn lucrative for the good of the country. That’s why so much of the political class in this country is comprised of con men, sociopaths, and fortune hunters. Quite frankly, most of these people would rather that you didn’t understand their motives, what they really want to do, or the policies that they’re implementing because what’s actually good for the country is a much smaller consideration than what’s good for them personally.

Lord Acton said long ago that, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. He was only partly right. The truth is that power tends to attract the easily corrupted; the con men, sociopaths, and fortune hunters that John Hawkins mentions. Although I am sure that there are a great many people in public office who sincerely want to help others, you have to consider that “normal” people really don’t want to tell everyone else how to live their lives. Normal people just want to be left alone. The sort of person who seeks office is either a normal person who wants to serve, or the sort of person who enjoys bossing people around. I leave it to you to decide which type is more prevalent.

Any system of government is going to tend to select the corruptible. Probably the only thing that can be done is to limit the power of government and use checks and balances to set the ambitious against one another, just as the framers of the constitution intended, and keep a close eye on them.

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