THE MAN WHO CANNOT CUT IT
Mark Weber recently gave a speech in which he mocked the idea that excessive government spending might have something to do with America's decline. He mockingly inquired whether Americans would prefer to live in Haiti where taxes are low to life in a wonderful Scandinavian welfare state where everyone gets cradle to grave security. That real Americans might prefer "neither of the above" as the answer did not occur to Mr. Weber. We pose a different question to Mark Weber: In the year 1900 did tens of thousands of Europeans migrate to the United States to take advantage of free enterprise or did tens of thousands of Americans migrate to Europe to take advantage of high taxes and socialist welfare? Mark Weber knows the answer – and that is why he did not pose that comparison.
Mark Weber, a socialist by nature, has an inbuilt aversion to free enterprise. It is obvious why. In private enterprise, employees must produce to get paid. They are not allowed to talk ten hours a day on the phone to their friends in between collecting newspaper clippings. Neither do editors of magazines whose circulation drops from ten thousand to under three hundred hold onto their jobs for a remarkable seventeen years. So naturally Mark does not like "do or die" in a competitive market place; he prefers a compliant Board of Directors which accepts any excuse for a failed journal and zero research. Socialists do not like to make money; they prefer it as a gift so they can read the headlines over their coffee. Mark Weber once spent eighteen months on a farm in Nebraska. He took it as a sabbatical from the work he never does to write the definitive book on the Holocaust. He managed to complete one chapter before abandoning the project. The Swedish socialist welfare state would have awarded him the Gunnar Myrdal plodding donkey high achievement award.
Yes, Mr. Weber, the United States does have problems other than high taxes and runaway government spending. But most Americans produce wealth in the competitive economy that once made them the envy of the world; they do not live off hand outs, like you. Try working in a Chinese factory. They produce real goods, not historical molasses.
Mark Weber as he really is.