Friday, March 28, 2008

New York and Cleveland Spitzered Enough?

The term "Spitzer" belongs in the dictionary, and its definition should be "any politician." We ought to think of all politicians as Spitzers. No, they don't all have lurid involvements with prostitutes. But they all have an inflated view of their superiority over the rest of us...The Universal Spitzer, Arnold Kling,, 3/28/2008

A Spitzer a day keeps prosperity away?

From the sound of it, you couldn't go wrong saying that in downtown Cleveland. TCSDaily's Arnold Kling has made a nice coinage out of a name.

Suppose that we define "Spitzer" as someone who believes in the aggressive use of political power. A Spitzer believes it is his mission to tell us what to do for own good...Is Barack Obama--who also comes from a Harvard Law School background, and who identifies the "audacity of hope" with government expansion--a Spitzer? Absolutely. Is Hillary Clinton--who sees the the state as a substitute for a village, making it also a substitute for the family--a Spitzer? Positively. Is John McCain--who Virginia Postrel describes as "an instinctive regulator who considers business a base pursuit"-- a Spitzer? Unfortunately, yes....(The Universal Spitzer, Arnold Kling, TCS, continued...)

Could spitzer be a verb? Imagine a politician saying "I'd sure like to Spitzer you; the taxpayers can pick up the tab."

One thing is certain. When a Spitzer shows up at your door, quadruple your prices for anything he or she wants!



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