Odiferous Moments in Hackery

[Alternate title: “Jonah Cuts Another One”]

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Jonah Goldberg of NRO at 8:37 a.m. on Friday:

I keep hearing variations of this bit (video) from Nancy Pelosi about how if we only provided healthcare for everyone, businesses would be unshackled from unfair constraints. The “entrepreneurial spirit,” in Pelosi’s words, would be unleashed creating 400,000 jobs almost immediately and a total of 4 million jobs soon thereafter.

Really? As one looks around the world at advanced industrialized nations, is there one — just one! — that provides universal healthcare that has anything close to America’s entrepreneurial record? Pick a country — any country — over the last 40 years that has equaled the American record of job creation, growth and innovation. Sure some countries, Japan for example, have had great runs. But does Nancy Pelosi honestly believe Japan Inc.‘s now-fading successes were attributable to its health-care policies?

[Emphasis mine] Shortly thereafter, Goldberg experiences yet another of the “I happen to have Mr. McLuhan right here” moments that define his career in hackery.

Goldberg a couple of hours later, responding to what was likely a deluge of emails from readers capable of using Google:

Interesting email in response to my earlier post:

Hi Jonah,

In response to your question on rates of entrepreneurship in developed countries, I thought I might point you to the research done by the Global Entrepreneurship Consortium, which surveys entrepreneurs in 54 countries.

To answer your question about which countries have public heath care, a developed economy and higher rates of entrepreneurship than the US, several do. According to the most recent GEM report the following countries in “Innovation-Driven Economies” have higher rates of business ownership than the US (which clocks in at 5.9%)

Finland (8.3%)
Greece (15.1%)
Iceland (8.9)
Japan (7.8%)
Korea, South (11.8)
The Netherlands (8.3)
Norway (8.3%)
Switzerland (8.4%)
UAE (6/1%)
United Kingdom (6.1%)

It’s interesting to note that teh US has one of the highest rates of Nascent Entrepreneurship, or people expressing interest in becoming entrepreneurs, but some of the lowest rates of actually starting that business. That suggests that fear of losing health insurance does play a factor in discouraging entrepreneurship.

This is really interesting, but something doesn’t quite smell right about this. I have to leave the computer soon, but I’ll come back to the report which is actually pretty interesting (or appears to be after a little poking around).

That thing that doesn’t smell right? It’s the farts Goldberg produces instead of research. The dog ate his homework. He has to wash his hair. He has to leave his computer.

But, you know, after he deals with that, he’ll get right on it, because it’s pretty interesting, or appears to be after a little poking around. And if he decides to address it instead of hoping everyone forgets, he’ll come back with some disingenuous America-fuck-yeah-Wolverines!11!! bullshit that has fuck-all to do with the original point.

Christ, what a useless fucking hack. William F. Buckley is spinning in his grave at 300K RPMs minimum.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 02/28/10 at 07:23 PM • Permalink

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William F. Buckley is spinning in his grave at 300K RPMs minimum.

What, at the thought he’s going to be sharing his sulfur pit with this loser in the afterlife?

I’m still waiting for this post from Jonah:

I have lately been inundated by emails from readers advising me that my postulated correspondences between modern American Liberalism and dictatorial fascistic regimes rooted in imperial ambition, military fetishism, mystical nationalism, masturbatory populism and shotgun-style ethnic-cleansing are the sort of facile, bullshit quick-buck intellectual con-job they’d normally expect from Victor Davis Hanson. I’d like to take a moment to respond to these criticisms, but—yikes—look at the time! Gotta run! 

OT (mostly*):

Mark Ames on why establishment liberals are reminiscent of Custer’s Last Stand meets Groundhog Day.

*Ames’ evaluation of ‘real Murkins’ would go far in explaining where folks like Doughy Pantload get their fans, to the extent they have them.

Comment by meepmeep09 on 02/28/10 at 09:26 PM

What, at the thought he’s going to be sharing his sulfur pit with this loser in the afterlife?

An eternity with Jonah Goldberg? There’s a pleasant thought.

I can’t even grasp the point of Jonah’s post. Why would you post the facts that refute your point, announce your intention to refute them, and then do nothing? Why not wait until you have time?

Actually, wait a sec - he did try to refute the facts, doing so in a typical half-assed Goldberg way. The next paragraph reads thusly:

At minimum it doesn’t really address this point in my original post: “Pick a country — any country — over the last 40 years that has equaled the American record of job creation, growth, and innovation. Sure some countries, Japan for example, have had great runs. But does Nancy Pelosi honestly believe Japan Inc.‘s now-fading successes were attributable to its health-care policies?”

Central to my point, etc.

What a douche!

We should stalk him in the comment section of his next LA Times article (if that’s what they’re called).

That suggests that fear of losing health insurance does play a factor in discouraging entrepreneurship.

As does fear of having to find a way to provide it, if you get a company with half a dozen or a dozen workers up and running.

Not quite shorter Johan Loadedhosen: I’m going to hide under my desk until someone comes up with a rebuttal that I can steal.

And if he decides to address it instead of hoping everyone forgets, he’ll come back with some disingenuous America-fuck-yeah-Wolverines!11!! bullshit that has fuck-all to do with the original point.

Or he’ll decide the GEC is a LIEberul organization and therefore fascist and therefore central to his point.

He’ll come up with some arbitrary criteria for judging Murka to be the greatest country evar since entrepreneurship didn’t stand up.

““Pick a country — any country — over the last 40 years that has equaled the American record of job trucker hat creation, growth corn syrup consumption, and innovation the invention of male masturbatory aids. Sure some countries, Japan for example, have had great runs. But does Nancy Pelosi honestly believe Japan Inc.‘s now-fading successes were attributable to its health-care policies?”

A purer example of the Methode Pantload I have never seen.  Post some unsubstantiated nonsense, get emails that contradict his entire point, post rebuttal and pretend he’s too busy to address his critics, run to Mommy for support and praise for the contents of his diaper and wait for his wingnut readers to help him save face.  And this is why the Corner will never have a comments section as long as Doughbob Wrongpants has any say in the matter.

The old fartsack says something doesn’t “smell right” about the statistics. Well, he is wrong, wrong and a bit right.

The statistics refute his stupid fact-less argument that good health care = bad entrepreunerism (sic). They also refute his stupid, fact-less argument that state-run health care is bad for the economy in general, as some of those nations cited have seen dramatic growth in the last decades and some have higher per capita GDP than the US.

What he is flailing around about is that there is yet to be (to my knowledge) a conclusively established link between state-run health care and entrepreneurship. It seems logical, that people would be more willing to take a risk knowing that they won’t be pauperized should they become sick, but as we are wont to say, correlation does not equal causation.

Correlation does not equal causation.

If not-so-young Mr. Goldberg were to absorb this simple logical principle, much of his oeuvre, including his much (self-) praised Liberal Fascism: the Secret History of the American Left from Witches to Low-Calorie Menus would, poof!, vanish into the ether of logical contradiction.

That’s why he thinks “something doesn’t smell quite right.”

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