Progressives have shifting standards for judging things, notes Barton Hinkle:
Somehow, progressives have concluded that striving to satisfy consumer preferences is a sneaky, underhanded thing to do, and therefore wrong. Private corporations, many progressives seem to believe, should not be trying to entice you to buy their commercial products by making those products extremely attractive.
Which, when you think about it, is hilarious.
Why? Because progressives have no compunction whatsoever about using the coercive power of the state to make you buy a commercial product whether you want it or not. Just eight months ago, progressives were whooping and high-fiving over the Supreme Court’s ruling that the federal government can force you to buy health insurance. Now they’re going to war again over the government’s power to make religious institutions buy contraception coverage. [Richmond Times Dispatch, February 24]
The Left avoids feeling cognitive dissonance by telling itself that people working for the government exercise coercion only for the public good. No doubt that’s why Citigroup was so eager to have Jack Lew return to government that it gave him a big bonus for doing so.