If He Were Right, Then He’d Lean Right

Presumably the folks at the Wall Street Journal editorial page figured they need to have a token leftie columnist, if nothing else than to try to pull in some leftie readers who wouldn’t otherwise read the paper.

Was Tom Frank the best they could do? Come to think of it, actually he probably was the best they could do.

You don’t find too many articles written by lefties that contain logic and reason. To echo Ann Coulter’s book title “If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d be Republicans,” if Tom Frank employed logic and reason, he’d be a rightie – and thus ineligible for the leftie columnist slot.

As is common with most leftie articles, Frank’s are mostly blather interspersed with short blanket statements and/or cheap shots aimed at righties.

His column today is a case in point. He writes about righties bemoaning big businesses’ practice of using government regulations to suppress competition. Frank scoffs at the solution to this – to remove regulations.

“If this sounds twisted and counter-intuitive,” Frank writes, “that’s because it is.”

Actually Tom, removing the regulations in order to foster competition is not twisted and counter-intuitive at all. The only people to whom it sounds twisted and counter-intuitive are those who must be living in a different dimension from the rest of us.

If businesses lobby the government to enact regulations that block competition, then no duh the solution is to remove those regulations.

Take trade regulations, for example. The misnamed International Trade Commission, along with the Import Administration, is where wimpy companies go who don’t want to compete with lower-priced goods made by foreign companies. So they have tariffs enacted to block those goods from entering the country.

But there’s no use in trying to sway Frank with arguments like these. Even if he had the potential to see the light, he wouldn’t because that would mean moving right and therefore jeopardizing his choice real estate on the WSJ editorial page reserved for lefties. Plus, there’s a huge market for articles devoid of logic and reason, and the WSJ wants to grab some of that.