Posted by: Ann Corcoran | February 24, 2013

George Will: Obama’s “hamsters” of hysteria

I don’t read George Will so often, mostly because I still hold it against him for being one of the “conservative” pundits who declared in 2008 that Obama should be given a chance, he just might be O.K.

However, his column this week resonated with me because I remember very well the hysteria over the coming ice age in the mid-70’s.  I was working on a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies and the school was all a flutter over the idea of glaciers advancing over Connecticut (I’m exaggerating a bit, maybe not Connecticut, but at least Canada!).

So here is Will this week (The Manufactured Crisis of Sequester), read the whole thing at the Washington Post:

Hamster with a mean bite!

Even during this desultory economic recovery, one industry thrives — the manufacture of synthetic hysteria. It is, however, inaccurate to accuse the Hysteric in Chief of crying “Wolf!” about spending cuts under the sequester. He is actually crying “Hamster!”


Because crises are government’s excuse for growing, liberalism’s motto is: Never let a crisis go unfabricated. But its promiscuous production of crises has made them boring.

Remember when, in the 1980s, thousands died from cancers caused by insufficient regulation of the chemical Alar sprayed on apples? No, you don’t because this alarming prediction fizzled. Alar was not, after all, a risk.

This is not a spoof! This is a real cover story from the 1970’s!

Remember when “a major cooling of the climate” was “widely considered inevitable” (New York Times, May 21, 1975) with “extensive Northern Hemisphere glaciation” (Science magazine, Dec. 10, 1976) which must “stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery” (International Wildlife, July 1975)? Remember reports that “the world’s climatologists are agreed” that we must “prepare for the next ice age” (Science Digest, February 1973)? Armadillos were leaving Nebraska, heading south, and heat-loving snails were scampering southward from European forests (Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 27, 1974). Newsweek (April 28, 1975) said meteorologists were “almost unanimous” that cooling would “reduce agricultural productivity.”

Today, while Obama prepares a governmental power grab to combat global warming, sensible Americans, tuckered out with apocalypse fatigue, are yawning through the catastrophe du jour, the sequester. They say: Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the hamsters of sequestration.

Read it all!


  1. I say bring on sequestration – it may be the only budget cuts we’ll get.

    • Jo Ann, You’ll appreciate this, yesterday a news clip on the sequester “crisis” said that less school kids could see Gettysburg (gasp!) if the sequester happens! They are preparing for the crisis at Antietam—they might have to close the visitor center for some time each week (imagine the hardship!)!

  2. Yikes! Close the visitor center? That’s crazy talk!

  3. […] Don’t forget George Will’s “Hamsters of Hysteria!“ […]

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