Wall Street Journal columnist Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., discusses how New York City mayor Bill de Blasio tried, unsuccessfully, to block the online taxi service Uber from the Big Apple. He points out how the Democratic mayor used “progressive” rhetoric–to the point of comparing Uber to the hated Wall Mart–as a cover for old-fashioned interest group politics, namely, advancing the agenda of the current New York City taxi industry, which has strong ties to the Democratic Party establishment.
What interests me especially in that column, excerpted after the jump, is his point about how ideological rhetoric is used to mask interest group politics. The author says Hillary Clinton is doing this, though I’m sure both sides are guilty of doing so. Can you think of other examples of this sort of thing? [Read more...]