An Interesting Juxtaposition
Scott Molloy, a professor of "labor studies," at my alma mater, the University of Rhode Island, writes a typical socialist screed in today's Providence Journal. I'm with him in his distaste for corporate corruption, but I think it indicates that the case he builds in this respect is merely a distraction when he offers the following:
First, I have to wonder where Mr. Molloy eats dinner. Saying that my wife and I are "average citizens" financially would be generous, and we got the full $600 rebate. But even the $300 version if only one of us worked would cover quite a meal! Second, I'm not going to go digging for the statistics for the distribution of the tax burden, but I tremble to ask what Mr. Molloy would consider a "fair share" for the rich and where he would draw the line for "those at the top." Third, I find it discouraging that a university professor can't do better for his op-ed in the state's "paper of record" than to rip off the controversial Democrat anti-Bush TV ad of a few months ago with that "foxes guarding the national chicken coop" cliché.
But that does lead to an interesting juxtaposition. At the beginning of his column, Mr. Molloy writes:
Compare that with this opening sentence of a political article in today's New York Times: "The Democratic National Committee has agreed to pay civil fines and turn over to the Treasury a total of $243,000 to settle accusations that it took more than $1 million in illegal foreign contributions in 1995 and 1996, according to Federal Election Commission records released today."
The Times article goes on to enumerate many fines that have been issued against those associated with the Democratic party for illegal fund raising. Mr. Molloy might not mind those contributions that came from China because that, after all, is a communist country. But this interesting tidbit, from nearly the end of the article, should raise some questions:
So, one might ask Mr. Molloy, how would returning the checks given to "the average citizen" to politicians who have no problem defrauding the American people themselves curb the behavior of those evil corporations?
Posted by Justin Katz @ 10:39 AM EST