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Don't Assume Liberals Always Put Principles Before Profits
Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 03/28/2014 11:31:15 AM PDT by Kaslin

Leland Yee, a Democratic state senator and candidate for secretary of state in California, has been a longtime champion of gun control. This week he was arrested on numerous charges, including conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and conspiracy to illegally transport firearms. Yee, a prominent foe of assault weapons, allegedly took bribes to set up a meeting between an undercover agent and an international arms dealer to broker the sale of automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missiles. A lengthy FBI affidavit also describes Yee's ties to a Chinese triad and his desire to help out Islamist militants.

In short, the story makes for what journalists call "good copy."

And yet, so far no reporter has raised the possibility that Yee supported tighter restrictions on guns in order to keep gun prices high and Yee's services in demand. Economist Bruce Yandle popularized the idea of the "Bootleggers and Baptists" coalition. The apocryphal Baptists want to ban alcohol. Bootleggers don't make much money when liquor can be bought legally at a grocery store or bar. So the bootleggers bankroll the Baptists' effort to ban booze.

Now I sincerely doubt that Yee was that clever. The more likely explanation is that he believes in gun control and he's a greedy hypocrite (and maybe not too bright either). The fact that gun-control policies are to his advantage is just a happy coincidence.

What's interesting -- and vexing -- to me is that this sort of analysis is all the rage when it comes to conservatives and Republicans, and utterly incomprehensible to most journalists when it comes to liberals and Democrats.

Consider the Koch brothers, the billionaire businessmen and philanthropists. The Democratic Party raises vast sums off demonizing the Koch brothers. (Slate's David Weigel reports that fundraising e-mails mentioning the Kochs raised roughly three times as much as those that didn't mention them.) This explains why Sen. Majority leader Harry Reid calls the Kochs "un-American" and liars every chance he gets.

Meanwhile, many media outlets are all too willing to take their cues from Democratic talking points. For instance, the Washington Post recently ran a shockingly shabby story insinuating that the Kochs have a lot to gain from the Keystone pipeline. The story was utterly debunked by John Hinderaker of the website Powerline. (The Kochs have no stake in the pipeline, and even if they did, so what?) But the Post's piece was typical of the media's fascination with the idea that the Kochs' political activities are simply cover for their desire to maximize profits.

Here's the problem. The profit motives of the Koch brothers are by far the least interesting thing about them. Charles and David Koch are worth about $40 billion -- apiece! Could they make even more money in a more libertarian America? Who knows? But let's say yes. The idea that they are going to all of this bother just to be worth $50 billion instead of $40 billion is pretty silly when you think about it.

Profit maximization hardly explains why they've given hundreds of millions of dollars to cancer research, hospitals and the arts. And profit lust probably has little to do with why Charles Koch co-founded the nonprofit libertarian think tank the Cato Institute either. It certainly doesn't explain why Charles Koch wrote a book on "market-based management." (Koch's time is more valuable seeking something other than book royalties, of which I'm sure there were few, if any.) Maybe there's a profit motive lurking somewhere in the millions that the Kochs have spent helping GOP politicians, but there are far cheaper and smarter ways for billionaires to buy laws and regulations to their liking.

I have no problem with journalistic skepticism or the search for ulterior motives. I just object to the idea that only Republicans might have them.

Al Gore reportedly left government with a net worth of less than $2 million; he's now worth more than $200 million, in part by profiting from climate policies he lobbies for. Gore surely believes in those policies, but why does he get the benefit of the doubt? GE spent millions on politics in exchange for "green energy" policies that generate billions in profits that wouldn't exist in a free market. Matthew Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon recently chronicled how George Soros and new liberal golden-boy fat cat Tom Steyer have financial interests at stake in their own preferred public policies. And yet they get glowing treatment from the press as idealists sacrificing profit for principles.

The irony is that it'd be in the media's business interest to report on the seedy underbelly of liberal politics, too. But they don't, because they actually do put their liberal principles before profits.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; cultureofcorruption; demagogicparty; democratscandals; fastandfurious; guns; lelandyee; liberalprinciples; profits

1 posted on 03/28/2014 11:31:15 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Kaslin.

Don’t Assume Liberals Always Put Principles Before Profits

s/b

Don’t Assume Liberals Ever Put Principles Before Profits

or

Liberals Always Put Personal Gain First


2 posted on 03/28/2014 11:33:24 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: Kaslin

Uh... other than first, always, libtard, what principles?


3 posted on 03/28/2014 11:34:56 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: SunkenCiv

A league jump from pressure cookers Yee????


4 posted on 03/28/2014 11:35:44 AM PDT by DocJhn
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To: SunkenCiv

There are two kinds of leftists - the elitists and the sheeperal.

The elitists are simply after personal power. Whatever it takes to get them more power, they’ll do. That’s the only overriding principle that they have. They will feign interest in “helping” others, and that’s where they get the support of the sheeperal.

The sheeperal have one primary motivation - to feel good about themselves as “good people”. The elitists rope them in with “if you support XYZ, you’ll be helping people or showing you care about people or the erf”. And the bonus attraction for the sheeperal is that they don’t have to personally sacrifice ANYTHING except their support of the person desiring power.


5 posted on 03/28/2014 11:36:50 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

Very interesting article.


6 posted on 03/28/2014 11:39:03 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Kaslin
Don't Assume Liberals Always Put Principles Before Profits

An oxymoron, really. Socialists NEVER put principles first, becasue their whole schtick is to figure out different ways of legalizing extortion so they can steal your money.

7 posted on 03/28/2014 11:40:06 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Kaslin

Liberals hate profit, except for them.


8 posted on 03/28/2014 11:41:03 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: Kaslin

Profits are the liberal principles. The party of anti-capitalism just practicing its own form of capitalism.


9 posted on 03/28/2014 11:41:20 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: Kaslin
What's interesting -- and vexing -- to me is that this sort of analysis is all the rage when it comes to conservatives and Republicans, and utterly incomprehensible to most journalists when it comes to liberals and Democrats.

 

Why is this vexing? Its understood and expected that liberals will fail. And when they do - they get a free pass. If this happens to conservatives, we get labeled as hypocrites. Its the old double standard. Been going on since forever.

10 posted on 03/28/2014 11:42:31 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: SunkenCiv

BOOKMARK


11 posted on 03/28/2014 11:44:46 AM PDT by ExSoldier (Stand up and be counted... OR LINE UP AND BE NUMBERED...)
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To: Kaslin

I have never in my life awarded the label principle to a libtard.


12 posted on 03/28/2014 11:47:21 AM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can STILL go straight to hell.)
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To: Kaslin
Don't Assume Liberals Always Put Principles Before Profits

This is a trick headline.

Every patriot and sane person knows that liberals have no principles.


13 posted on 03/28/2014 11:50:26 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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To: Kaslin

“And yet, so far no reporter has raised the possibility that Yee supported tighter restrictions on guns in order to keep gun prices high and Yee’s services in demand.”

In this case reporters, who aren’t known for possessing a lick of sense, are still one step ahead of Jonah Goldberg.

Yee was smuggling fully automatic weapons. They are already restricted.


14 posted on 03/28/2014 11:52:04 AM PDT by Pelham (If you do not deport it is amnesty by default.)
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To: Iron Munro

I can name two.

Advancement of elitist power.
Punishment of Christians.


15 posted on 03/28/2014 11:52:22 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

LOL! I don’t ever make that assumption!


16 posted on 03/28/2014 11:54:26 AM PDT by pgkdan
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To: Kaslin

Example #1: Al Gore selling his “network” to Al Jazeera


17 posted on 03/28/2014 12:06:26 PM PDT by Renkluaf
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To: Kaslin

Liberal politicians NEVER put ANYTHING before their own personal gain.

The only time their ‘principles’ come before profits is when the profitable activity in question provides no benefit to THEM.


18 posted on 03/28/2014 12:06:43 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Kaslin

Postmodern ideology has eliminated accountability.

Once you throw truth out the window, nothing really matters. This is what being liberal means.


19 posted on 03/28/2014 12:08:58 PM PDT by reasonisfaith ("...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians))
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To: Kaslin

Who would ever ever assume anything so stupid? Politics is all they care about and everything is about politics to them


20 posted on 03/28/2014 12:16:39 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Kaslin

The only time liberals bother to follow their “principles” is when those “principles” serve as window dressing to pretty up brutal attacks against America and Americans.

When’s the last time you saw gay rights protests in front of a mosque? When’s the last time the media or hair-brained celebrities took a serious interest in the plight of women in muslim countries? When’s the last time you saw a liberal judge someone on the content of that person’s character rather than the color of that person’s skin? Why is it that Hillary makes speeches AGAINST abortion in India and FOR abortion in the U.S.?

For a liberal “principles” are merely justifications for preexisting Anti-American bias. The moment a liberal would have to apply those “principles” to someone who isn’t American or isn’t White, then you’ll hear nothing but crickets from the left.

Fascinatingly enough, the extreme bigotry of your average liberal results in downright embarrassing examples of Freudian projection. War on women? Read that as liberals waging a war on men and assuming that the other side must be just as bigoted and hateful as the left. Racist dogwhistles? Read that as liberals intentionally inciting racial hatred among minorities for political and social purposes, and naturally a liberal must assume that a conservative is going to be acting the same way. Racist voting patterns? Coming from someone who twice voted for an unqualified and incompetent person purely because the liberal wanted a black man in the white house instead of a white man - a liberal’s justifications for his or her racist voting are merely that, justifications, so when you actually bring up relevant political concerns, the liberal in question will immediately dismiss your concerns as being the same type of racist justification that the liberal uses to justify voting racist in the first place.


21 posted on 03/28/2014 12:24:42 PM PDT by jameslalor
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To: Common Sense 101

As far as I can tell, liberals don’t believe in anything except a woman’s right to kill her own offspring.


22 posted on 03/28/2014 1:20:55 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Argus

“As far as I can tell, liberals don’t believe in anything except a woman’s right to kill her own offspring.”
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Actually they do believe in good and evil, they believe that encouraging a woman to kill her own offspring is good and anything to discourage that in any way is evil!


23 posted on 03/28/2014 7:44:13 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: Kaslin
Al Gore reportedly left government with a net worth of less than $2 million; he's now worth more than $200 million, in part by profiting from climate policies he lobbies for.

I seldom make the mistake of thinking liberals have any principles - well, beyond "I want"...

24 posted on 03/28/2014 7:47:32 PM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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To: Kaslin
Don't Assume Liberals Always Put Principles Before Profits

Then how do you explain MSNBC? I can assure you they are aware of the profits FOX makes.

25 posted on 03/28/2014 9:01:15 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: SunkenCiv
Don’t Assume Liberals Ever Put Principles Before Profits

Dang, you outdrew me on that one.

26 posted on 03/29/2014 10:05:03 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: exDemMom

:’)


27 posted on 03/29/2014 10:58:23 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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