Wednesday, January 23, 2008

What Did the Market Bring Us in a Generation? Lots

A recent CD post had this quote from Hillary Clinton in 1996:

“The unfettered free market has been the most radically destructive force in American life in the last generation.”

The
Dispatches from TJICistan blog responds to Hillary:

What did the market bring us in the generation between 1966 and 1996?

In Cars: Airbags, antilock brakes, front wheel drive, unibody construction with greater rollover protection

In computer hardware: Altairs, Tandys, Atari 800s, Apple IIs, Macintoshes, 386 clones, 486s, pentiums, 1.0 Gigahertz desktop machines.

In computer software: WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, the Macintosh OS, Windows, Oracle, Netscape navigator

In retail shopping: Costco, Target, Barnes and Nobles superstores, Amazon.com, Starbucks

In publishing: An explosion of books like never before seen in the history of mankind. Similarly, an explosion of magazines.

In medicine: Cheap and effective laser eye surgery, Prozac and other SSRIs that have brought relief and happiness to tens of millions, cancer treatments, massive advances in animal medicine
in food: the rise of organic food, cruelty free eggs and meat, Whole Foods, Trader Joes


The list goes on and on and on.

7 Comments:

At 1/23/2008 7:42 AM, Blogger john said...

She should stick to trading cattle futures. She was so successful at that enterprise that I am always a bit flummoxed as to why she did not make that her full time job.The amazing thing is that she was able to do by reading the Wall Street Journal which carries yesteray's news.

 
At 1/23/2008 10:08 AM, Anonymous bob wright said...

The woman who bemoans the unfettered free market also sat on the board of Wal Mart, arguably the company most demonized as a free market villain by today's msm.

I assume she was paid by Wal Mart to sit on their board.

What a joke. Who can tell what exactly she believes.

 
At 1/23/2008 11:37 AM, Blogger David Peterson said...

It's certainly been the most creatively destructive force.

*rim shot*

 
At 1/23/2008 1:58 PM, Blogger Darryl said...

"It's certainly been the most creatively destructive force."

Ha Ha!..Good one. I'm sure that Schumpeter would have thought so too!

 
At 1/23/2008 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"cruelty free eggs"

Are the birds given muscle relaxants to ease the delivery? Thanks for a chuckle on this one.

Re: Hillary
The beauty of Hillary & Bill is that they don't have a fixed set of discernable beliefs.

Most people seem to prefer pragmatic deal makers like Bill Clinton to men of strong convictions/principles. They want a man of principles until they get one like George W. Bush who sticks to his principles come hell or high water.

 
At 1/24/2008 6:38 PM, Blogger KauaiMark said...

Don't forget my two favorites:

The microwave oven and TIVO...

 
At 5/08/2009 4:14 AM, Anonymous canon t1i said...

Good Post - fine blogspot!

 

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