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Statist Wisdom

October 21st, 2009 by Myrhaf · 5 Comments · Politics

Ron Bloom, Obama’s manufacturing czar, produced this remarkable quote:

“Generally speaking, we get the joke. We know that the free market is nonsense. We know that the whole point is to game the system … we know that this is largely about power. That this is an adults only, no limit game. We kind of agree with Mao that political power comes largely from the barrel of a gun. And we get it that if you want a friend you should get a dog.”

Can you believe the cynicism?

A politician who can say that is capable of anything. Every sentence in that quote can be used to rationalize violating individual rights.

5 Comments so far ↓

  • Amlan Gupta

    There is one aspect in that quote that is valid – political power does indeed come from the barrel of a gun, which is what differentiates it from economic power in a true capitalist society. However, we all know that this is not what Bloom means. These people really do live up to the “czar” title.

  • Embedded I

    Wait, was that Hugo Chavez?

    Who the hell is Ron Bloom, a florist?

  • Mike

    I am surprised to see such blatant aposiopesis from the left. Usually they will believe what Bloom is saying, but never actually say it. But now they finally have a “So, Yeah” moment.

  • Steve D.

    I am not sure I would exactly call that cynicism since it appears that he believes that political power is a good thing.

    Hmm. Czar. That’s Russian for Caesar right? The Roman’s named their junior emperors after Julius Caesar. Now it appears that so do we.

  • Myrhaf

    What makes it cynicism is that he says the administration has to “game the system.” They “know that the free market is nonsense” but they have to play along with it in public in order not to get the American people riled up.

    I think this is one of those statements like several of Obama’s in which he is speaking to a sympathetic crowd of leftists and forgets to “game the system” for a moment and lets out the truth. So I guess it would be more accurate to say that this statement reveals the cynicism in the administration’s day-to-day public statements.