Last March, I sat in the studio at AM1280 and announced, along with Ed, that we were celebrating our eight anniversary on the air.
As I was making the announcement, a round-faced man in a green jacked barged into the studio. ”I was part of that!”
I turned off the mike and had Tommy throw to a commercial. ”Who are you?”
“I’m Fred Pankey. I’m the manager at the Rainbow Foods on University that you’ve been shopping at for most of the past 20 odd years”.
He stood there.
“And this anniversary is partly ours, too.”
“How do you figure”, I asked.
“You ate in the last eight years, right?”
“And you bought your food at Rainbow?”
“A lot of it, yes…”
“So the Northern Alliance owes part of its credit to us at Rainbow. Without groceries, there’d be no radio show.
“In other words, what you’re saying is…”
“You didn’t do this”.
To be fair, it was no dumber a display than Nick Kristoff’s bit on the NYTimes the other day.
I’m not going to quote from it – go ahead and read it if you want – but it’s the standard lefty strawman on the subject; “Look! We found a businesswoman who says “Yes, I did build it!”, but who actually got a government loan! She is TEH HEPPOCREET!”
Like government wants a cookie for doing stuff we – including all of us who aren’t entrepreneurs - already paid it to do including all of the things we’d rather not have paid for it to do!
And as if the businesswoman whom Kristoff mocks wouldn’t have been an entrepreneur, wouldn’t have found a way, without the government programs she promoted to other businesspeople.
It’s like the lefty nutslap who tried to call me “teh heppocrete” for riding the Ventura Trolley, a light rail line I opposed (and oppose). I paid for, then and now, at tax time and at the fare box. Or for riding on a bike path that I thought was a needless budgetary frippery at a time when the city and county it ran through were whinging about their budgets.
It’s my property. By your leave, I’ll ride ‘em both, and exercise my First Amendment.
By the way? You didn’t make that.