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The Upside of the Downside

Developer Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 7:29 PM
I don't understand Jonah's criticism of "A crisis is terrible thing to waste" other than it came from the Obama camp (though it did not originate with them). This whole article is a song to the fact that crisis clouds have silver linings. Wisconsin would not have happened if the Wisconsin economy had been rolling along and the public sector union can would have just been kicked down the road. Walker took advantage of a crisis to fix a serious problem. Just because Obama (or Emmanuel) says something doesn't make it wrong.
johninohio Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 11:32 PM
This is the context of the line you quoted from Rahm Emanuel, Obama's chief of staff: "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. Things that we had postponed for too long, that were long-term, are now immediate and must be dealt with. This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not do before."

What you make of this depends on what you know about Emanuel and Obama. If you're a liberal and thought they were the saviors America, you would be pleased by the comment. But if you're a conservative, you'd be afraid of exactly what nefarious schemes they had up their sleeves. This was back in 2008. Now we see what they had in mind, and now we know conservatives were right to worry.

One of my heroes, Irving Kristol, used to say that there's nothing wrong with the country a bad recession couldn't fix.

Kristol (father of the more famous Bill, by the way) wasn't hoping for a recession, he was merely making the point that so many of the problems with our culture, both popular and political, were the sorts of challenges that come with affluence.

Wealth makes it easier to abandon the old customs, rituals and habits of the heart that generated the wealth in the first place.

For instance, I always love reading about irresolute rich families that...