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April 13, 2014

ED VASICEK: Chewing over news in bite-size vignettes

Political correctness claims Mozilla CEO

Today, I am going to share a few “opinionettes” about current news items. Ready? Let’s go!

City prosperity

The unemployment rate in the United States is down to 6.7 percent. This is its lowest level since October 2008. When I remember government efforts to keep the auto industry afloat, I also wonder how things would be if Uncle Sam did nothing? Perhaps the unemployment rate would have improved — but how differently our nation would be configured!

If the government had not bailed out the auto industry, only Ford would have survived (probably). Even if Ford grew and expanded its operations, what would that have meant to Kokomo? Ford plants elsewhere would be expanding while Kokomo became a ghost town!

Mozilla ‘P.C.’

If we contrast freedom-loving liberalism with political correctness, we can note a big difference. To my way of thinking, the “politically correct” are folks who have liberal views but seek to punish folks embracing conservative views. Freedom-loving liberals, however, tolerate and respect conservative people. The conservative camp may be divided along similar lines. Personally, I detest mockery, sarcasm and intentional misrepresentation. If your argument is a good one, you don’t need to resort to name-calling, straw men or misrepresentation.

Political correctness has once again struck in the high-tech world. According to Fox News, “The co-founder of the popular web browser Mozilla resigned as CEO and announced he was leaving the company Thursday amid protests over his support for the amendment that banned gay marriage in California in 2008.

“The nonprofit that makes the Firefox browser infuriated many employees and users last week by naming Brandon Eich head of the Mountain View, Calif.-based organization.

“At issue was Eich’s $1,000 donation in 2008 to the campaign to pass California’s Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that outlawed same-sex marriages. The ban was overturned last year when the U.S. Supreme Court left in place a lower-court ruling striking down the ballot measure.”

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