WB news 8.13.10
Flying monkeys column- par for the radical course
Professor Mark Peterson entertained us with stories about flying moneys in Saturday’s paper. While ridiculing the Employment Policies Institute, he monkeyfied Republicans, Reagan, Bush I, Bush II, the wealthy, tea party groups and others. He follows the Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
It’s pretty clear the professor is a big fan of government spending. He is a beneficiary, after all. He pooh-poohs any notion that growing debt is a problem. He says only Republican presidents have increased debt since 1945. Let’s see, why leave out Franklin D. Roosevelt or Barack H. Obama? Oh, I'm sure he would say they were just cleaning up after Republicans. Never mind that the president doesn’t write the spending bills or create the “business cycle” of boom and bust all by themselves.
Following the professor’s logic, why not double or triple the national debt? Since higher minimum wages are good, in his view, why not double or triple those as well? And why not limit income to $250,000, maximum.
He denounces free markets, something we haven't had much of since the Wild West. He’s clearly a “progressive,” someone who loves to give and take. Behind a mask, it’s called robbery. Behind a desk, it’s called justice.
My favorite is his claim that the rich, by opposing tax cuts, put the deficit, debt and the rest of us in a deeper hole. Which is it, professor? Are you in favor of debt or not? The rich put us in a deeper hole? I thought it was Congress that spends, excepting presidential vacations.
I’m not happy with Republican or Democrat spending, and I expect better after the November elections. It frightens me to think Professor Peterson is teaching in our university. Teaching what?
Monte Schmeige West Bend
It is true, I'm afraid, that teaching students to read difficult old books does teach them to think critically -- certainly the most threatening kind of thinking in Mr. Schmeige's universe.