Friday, June 5, 2009

A Couple Newsworthy Items

As part of the U.S.'s continuing endeavor to accumulate more czars than a Russian graveyard, His Royal Highness has appointed yet another overseer to make sure that we, the people, don't make too many decisions on our own. Yes, that's right, it's now time for the nation's first "Pay Czar" to take center stage. You heard me; a gentleman by the name of Kenneth Feinberg is going to be named to "interpret" the many conflicting TARP pay package restrictions that the foaming-at-the-mouth Congress passed in the last nine months. He's going to make sure that greedy capitalists who took (read: had foisted upon them) public money aren't taking too much home. What is too much, you ask? Shut up! Stop asking questions. Actually, I shouldn't call him a czar. The title being floated by the Administration is--I shit you not--"Special Master for Compensation." Honestly, sometimes I don't think they realize how often they parody themselves.

On a happier note, Amity Shlaes, the author of the magnificent Great Depression history, The Forgotten Man, has a good article on about Atlas Shrugged, its relevance, and its influence in today's culture. If you haven't read her book, stop what you're doing and go get it. Especially today, when the Obamanons appear dead-set on repeating the mistakes of the Roosevelt administration, it is crucial that people educate themselves on what really happened in the 1930s. In the Bloomberg article, Shlaes at one point compares Shwarzenegger to one of the politicians from Atlas. It's pretty dead-on.

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