The Scrooging of America

19 December 1843 – Charles Dickens publishes “A Christmas Carol”

While watching the most recent Presidential candidate debate, I suddenly realized how badly I have misjudged Ebenezer Scrooge. It is now clear to me that, far from being a greedy, heartless, exploitative miser, Scrooge is merely a pragmatic businessman competing in the marketplace with his peers, and since he is aggressively vocal in his support of housing for the unemployed (prisons) and jobs for the destitute (workhouses), he is best understood as a “compassionate conservative.” In short, Ebenezer Scrooge was a good Republican, and if you have listened to Bachmann, Paul, Gingrich, Romney, Perry, and Santorum, I’m sure that many of you share my wish that they could all be transported back to mid-nineteenth century London, a time and place more suited to their economic and political humbug.

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