…It can be used for good or evil. And you don’t want to get any on you. Hat Tip to Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt newsletter for this gem:
Morning Jolt reader Glen notices that one group of progressives has decided another group of progressives’ proposal to forgive student-loan debt is bad, because it wouldn’t help racial groups equally:
A new report, however, shows that calls to ease the student-loan debt load, including plans unveiled by all three Democratic presidential candidates, could have a significant effect on the racial wealth divide—and not necessarily in a good way.
So we’re scrapping the idea, right? Are we all agreed?
And this sums up everything that is wrong with an ideology that is based on anger and envy. If a leftist sees that a policy, action, event that will help someone who they favor but helps someone else from a non-aggrieved group by a greater magnitude the idea must die. Here is the “Sharing pizza with your roommate” analogy that I used three years ago to illustrate the stupidity of the income inequality argument:
You’re living on your own for the first time, and money is tight. So you find a guy with a room to rent in his house (who we’ll call Bob) and you go to live with your new roommate. Bob has far more money than you do and knows this, and it turns out you are both huge pizza fans. Knowing that you’re strapped for cash when you two decide to order a pizza you decide to share a seven inch pie, and he pays for most of it. In fact, he pays for the whole pie and asks that you only tip the delivery driver. The pizza is not distributed equally, as Bob has a massive appetite for pizza. He eats six of the slices and you only get two, but for tip money this is a good deal. Then one day a breakthrough technology in pizza ovens hits and your local pizza shop can now sell you an 18 inch pizza for what a seven inch pie had cost, and you both eagerly jump on the deal. Of course, Bob is disproportionately benefiting from this deal, but he is still paying the bulk of your tab. Now you have two choices – are you happy that you are now enjoying more pizza than you did before or do you resent that fact that there is a growing gap in pizza distribution in your household?
Of course, in my old post I argued then (and still do) that income inequality is a problem in this country, just not the way that the radical left wishes were true. Read the whole thing (And share it on FaceBook, Twitter, and Google +)!
I could easily drop a few thousand words on the many reasons that forgiving student loan debt is a bad idea (unless we want to take it from those colleges and specific departments churning out useless degrees), but if the Radical Left’s own stupidity is ammunition enough to strike down even worse ideas then I’m all for using it.
As long as I don’t get any on me.
Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog