The Corner

Warner’s Riches

From a reader:

If Warner could make millions in the cellphone biz w/o a govt.

program paid for by taxpayers, why can’t the new energy entrepreneurs

he’s touting do the same w/o some Obamacash taken from the rest of

us? Isn’t his very STORY a testament NOT to big-gov nannystatism but

to independent capitalism that is the root of Republican, not

Democrat, politics?

Me: I wondered the same thing. Warner spoke well of how this country let him learn from his mistakes as an entrepreneur. That ain’t the Obama way on economics, now is it?

Update: I should have known: from a reader: 

Your emailer is off on Warner. He did make his fortune through crony capitalism. Using his position as a Senate Aide to then broker cellular licenses isn’t exactly a shining example of entrepreneurship. And most likely, whoever makes the biggest mint in alt-energy will get there the same way.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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