American Consequences - October 2017


Re: How Robber Barons Became Robin Hoods

to read the whole damn magazine. I really don’t have time for this. Great list of topics. I’ll have to install a tablet in the john to have any hope at all of getting through them all. – Carl Graham P.J. O’Rourke comment: That’s the kind of complaint we love to hear! (I’ve always found the john, as a place to read, the only spot in the house that’s completely safe from children, dogs, spouse, cleaning lady, etc. As a result, I lock the door and prop a towel rack against the doorknob even when I’m all alone in a hotel room.) Over 20 years ago, I cut out the quote: “If you think healthcare is expensive now; wait until it’s free.” I became an O’Rourke fan. – Bill Chapman P.J. O’Rourke comment: Thanks, Bill. And, not that I’m counting, but that was twenty- four years ago. It was in a 1993 op-ed I wrote for the Wall Street Journal while the nation was in the throes of Hillarycare. Alack and alas, 24 years later, it’s still true. National Lampoon. I was probably the only paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division who had a subscription to it. When he left it, so did I. I took it with me to the field and let my comrades literally read it to shreds. In a time before the internet, cell phones or even video games it provided me with hours of The last magazine I subscribed to that was edited by Mr. O’Rourke was the

Where is the article on why the fake- news media hates job-creating American businesses? – Several subscribers, including Bob Smith, Dan Haselton, Mike Mcaffee, and Cindy Long P.J. O’Rourke comment: That article is right here , by my friend Andy Ferguson, senior editor at The Weekly Standard . He wrote why business journalists hate business... with one big exception. (Hint: “There’s silicon in that there valley!”) And if you liked that article, read Andy’s new feature this month, Does Character Matter in Politics . As one born a leading-edge baby boomer (1944), I am profoundly grateful for your gift of American Consequences. You’ve provided me the opportunity to die of laughter. Thank you. – Leilani Hino in Honokaa, Hawaii P.J. O’Rourke comment: Well, at least you’ve got a warm, beautiful place to do it! (Although we leading-edge Baby Boomers shouldn’t joke about such matters.) Thank you for your kind words. And we mean to make American Consequences a gift that keeps giving. Re: Our Newest Readers Weigh In

Thanks for screwing up my month. I just read the ‘Inside this issue’ and now I have

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