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Charles Blow’s Liberal Self-Caricature

Yesterday in Ohio, Paul Ryan laid out the Romney campaign’s vision of social mobility, and argued against the mindset behind the Left’s approach to fighting poverty, which is, he said, “that a nation should measure compassion by the size of the federal government and how much it spends.” He insisted that we should instead measure our progress against poverty by our actual progress against poverty: by success or failure at helping the poor to rise and prosper.


Right on cue, Charles Blow of the New York Times rises this morning to call Ryan a hypocrite for even talking about poverty because…Romney and Ryan want a smaller federal government that spends less. Without citing Ryan’s description of the liberal mindset that Blow’s column embodies (and, by the way, without providing his online readers with a link to the speech he is criticizing, though his column is full of links to other past criticisms of Ryan) Blow manages to confirm Ryan’s description of the Left and ignore his description of the Right.


Just another day at the New York Times.

Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.


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