Morley Safer, R.I.P.


With sadness we mark the passing at age 84 of CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer. Born in Toronto in 1931, Safer remained a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen to the last. His far-ranging stories were often provocative but never dull.
Safer retired only days before his death. CBS honored him with an hour about his career titled “Morley Safer: A Reporter’s Life.” A transcript can be read here.
Safer often displayed an independent mind. Craig R. Smith and Lowell Ponte noted one of Safer’s criticisms of the “looney left” in their widely-praised 2015 book, We Have Seen The Future and It Looks Like Baltimore: American Dream vs. Progressive Dream.
As an epitaph and tribute to this legendary journalist, here is that passage and its footnotes from page 100 of their book:

The Progressive Arts

In 2012, Baltimore-born Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi said that Obamacare allows people to quit their jobs to become a “photographer,” a “writer,” a “musician,” or “whatever.” This is “a liberation,” said Pelosi. “This is what our founders had in mind – ever-expanding opportunity for people.” [50] No, America’s Framers wanted you to have such freedom with your own money, not with a subsidy stolen at government gunpoint from taxpayers. Progressives like Pelosi have a warped understanding of the American Dream.

The Netherlands’ welfare state decades ago had a similar idea. If you fancied yourself a painter, the government would spend taxpayer money to buy and warehouse your paintings, no matter how bad they were. After Morley Safer mocked this on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” the Dutch ended this waste of money and eventually gave its thousands of paintings away. [51]
[50] Elizabeth Harrington, “Pelosi: Obamacare Allows You to Quit Your Job and Become ‘Whatever,’” CNS News, March 22, 2012.

[51] Marlise Simons, “Out of Space, Dutch State Dumps Its Non-Masters,” New York Times, September 14, 1992.


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