Stephen Moore, author in 1988 of Privatization: A Strategy for Taming the Deficit (hey, how did that pan out?), editor in 1995 of Restoring the Dream: What House Republicans Plan to Do Now to Strengthen the Family, Balance the Budget, and Replace Welfare (hey, how did that pan out?), co-author with Julian Simon (extropian transhumanist hero -- not surprising, I always describe the extropians as the Ayn Raelian branch of Robot Cultism after all) in 2000 of It's Getting Better All the Time: 100 Greatest Trends of the Last 100 Years (hey, how's that panning out?), and author in 2004 of Bullish On Bush: How George Bush's Ownership Society Will Make America Stronger (hey, how did that pan out?), provides insight as to how a person so completely wrong about everything all the time can still keep on bulldozing forward saying completely wrong things with such sublime indifference to reality… The answer, in a nutshell? He is a fan of Ayn Rand. In Friday's Wall Street Journal Moore opines:
Some years ago when I worked at the libertarian Cato Institute, we used to label any new hire who had not yet read "Atlas Shrugged" a "virgin." Being conversant in Ayn Rand's classic novel about the economic carnage caused by big government run amok was practically a job requirement. If only "Atlas" were required reading for every member of Congress and political appointee in the Obama administration. I'm confident that we'd get out of the current financial mess a lot faster.
The Comments over at Sadly, No! occasioned by this surreal confection are priceless.