Archive for January 26th, 2011

Epic History Fail

We can always count on Michele Bachmann to say something untrue and downright crazy. It’s just the way she’s wired, I guess.

Speaking at an event sponsored by Iowans For Tax Relief, Bachmann hailed the “different cultures, different backgrounds, different traditions” of the early European settlers in America, adding that the “color of their skin” or “language” or “economic status” didn’t preclude them from seeking happiness.

“Once you got here, we were all the same,” she said. “Isn’t that remarkable? It is absolutely remarkable.”

The Minnesota Republican called slavery an “evil” and “scourge” and “stain on our history.”

“But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States,” Bachmann added, claiming “men like John Quincy Adams… would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.”

Awesome.  I had no idea that John Quincy Adams was one of the founding fathers.  I guess Lincoln was too, because he’s famous and his face is on money and stuff.

January 26th, 2011 at 11:38am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Republicans

It’s Hard Out Here For The Rich

Thomas Sowell tries to convince us that we should be grateful to the rich, because apparently everyone who has millions or billions of dollars accumulated them through some sort of innovation that made our lives better:

At one time, people like Rockefeller, Thomas Edison, Ford and the Wright brothers were regarded as heroes for having opened vast new possibilities for other human beings. The fact that they got rich doing it was an incidental part of the story.

We still have people revolutionizing our lives. Just think of the computer and the pharmaceutical drugs that have not only lengthened our lives, but made them more healthful, so that being 80 years old today is like being 60 years old in times past.

But today we seldom even know the names of those who have made these monumental contributions to human well-being. All we know is that some people have gotten “rich,” and that this is to be regarded as some sort of grievance.

Many of the people we honor today are people who are skilled in the rhetoric of grievances and promises of new “rights” at someone else’s expense. But is that what is going to make a better America?

So let’s all say thank you to the inventor of the residential mortgage-backed security – we wouldn’t be where we are today without you!

(Cross posted at MyFDL)

January 26th, 2011 at 07:51am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Media,Republicans,Wankers


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