Sunday, February 22, 2009

George Will Insults Millions of Americans

On today's broadcast of This Week with George Stephanopoulos, the round table guests were asked whether a 9/11 style commission should be set up to determine the cause of the current mortgage crisis. Naturally, the liberal guests pooh-poohed the idea (because we all know that much of the blame can be placed at the feet of the government). Not surprisingly, one of the guests said we shouldn't play the "blame game."

Yeah, right.

George Will, on the other hand, understands the usefulness of assigning blame. Among other things, it helps us avoid making similar mistakes in the future. But his answer to the question was surprisingly inept, and just plain lazy. It was an insult to the many tens of millions of Americans who responsibly pay their bills on time and are not burdened by debt.

Context note: Before the clip, George will said that we won't have a commission because "the commission would have to say... " And then he goes on to say what appears in the clip. One might argue that George Will wasn't expressing his own views but rather those of the hypothetical commission. That's a stretch, but I'd love to hear an explanation from Mr. Will.

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