The Corner

Elaine Chao

As a speechmaker she makes a great Secretary of Labor.

What a dull talk. Sorry, but I think it might be impossible for any Secretary of Labor to be exciting.

Even her life story — which is impressive — came across listless. Though when her husband introduced her with the story about how she came here by boat without knowing English at the age of 8, I couldn’t help but think of the Simpson’s when the Vietnamese kid (Trong Van Din) read his essay, “USA A-OK”:

“When my family arrived in this country four months ago, we spoke no English and had no money in our pockets. Today, we own a nationwide chain of wheel-balancing centers. Where else but in America, or possibly Canada, could our family find such opportunity?…”

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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