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Obama vs. ATMs

The president is, of course, absolutely correct in sharing, in his usual keen way, his deep insight that labor-saving inventions such as ATMs and check-in kiosks reduce the need for particular kinds of workers. This is obviously an enormous economic problem. If we really want to protect those kinds of jobs, then there is an obvious answer, supplied by our old friend Frédéric Bastiat: Blot out the sun. If that proves impractical or is seen as too radical, perhaps he could embrace the moderate position: ban electricity. We would radically reduce our carbon footprint and create millions of new jobs, instantly. Also: The ATMs would stop working — jobs, jobs, jobs!

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