Friday, August 17, 2007

Analysis: Erin Burnett and Hilary Clinton

I don't understand the outrage over Erin Burnett's China comments on Hardball:

Ya know, if China were to revalue it’s currency or China is to start making say, toys that don’t have lead in them or food that isn’t poisonous, their costs of production are going to go up and that means prices at Wal-Mart here in the United States are going to go up too. So, I would say China is our greatest friend right now, they’re keeping prices low and they’re keeping the prices for mortgages low, too.

Burnett was simply making the sensible point that Clinton made to Obama about confronting terrorists in Pakistan: all options should be left on the table.

It's really naive to rule out a priori poisoning our children or pets as not worthy of deliberation under any circumstances. In fact, it would entail restricting consumer choice and intervening in the free market. If that isn't un-American, what is?

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