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IBD Editorials Shuts Down a Voice Against Socialist Bullishness

Originally published in National Review

Nearly a quarter century ago, a young National Review writer was enlisted to go west and set up a new national editorial page for the upstart and unusual Los Angeles-based Investor’s Business Daily. Mark Cunningham, now overseeing opinion at the New York Post, would be serving a readership who bought the chart-laden, data-heavy publication for one reason: to make money.

A liberal would ask if there really were enough different ways to say “greed is good” to fill such a daily space. IBD, founded in 1984 by William O’Neil, a wildly successful stockbroker who preached a strategy of technical analysis for Joe Sixpack investors, propagated not avarice but classic Reaganesque conservatism — albeit with the panache of the unapologetic successful entrepreneur, fully aware of the good that he does for his fellow man.

“Not taking and consuming, but giving, risking and creating are the characteristic roles of the capitalist, the key producer of the wealth of nations” was George Gilder’s retort, at the dawn of the Reagan Era, to those who condemned capitalism. IBD fired its artillery from this moral high ground.

Just Monday, this cross between Guns & Ammo and the more polite Wall Street Journal editorial page, as one hostile commentator once described IBD, revealed that it was Congressional Budget Office bungling that scared a Republican House and Senate out of repealing ObamaCare in 2017.

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Thomas McArdle

Tom McArdle @MacArdghail, longtime Senior Writer for Investor's Business Daily, was a White House Speechwriter for President George W. Bush, National Political Reporter for Washington political columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak, Managing Editor of Human Events, and has worked as a writer for CNN and the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. His work has appeared in National Review, the American Spectator, The Hill, the Washington Examiner, Newsmax, and the National Catholic Register. He has appeared on Fox News and numerous talk radio programs. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, M. Stanton Evans' National Journalism Center in Washington, Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, and at 17 was one of Curtis Sliwa's original "Magnificent 13" Guardian Angels.

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