Why Amit Varma is a prisoner of his column

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Two people use sarcasm/irony. One, predictably,

Speaking ill of lenders began when homo sapiens acquired language, hence it is unsurprising that many people who until recently were criticizing lenders for not making money available to marginally qualified borrowers are now caustic about lenders who complied. Clinton is fluent in the language of liberalism, aka Victimspeak, so, denouncing “Wall Street,” she says families were “lured into risky mortgages” and “led into bad situations” by those who knew better. So, lenders knew their loans would not be fully repaid?

The other, with an element of surprise. In other words, one should not write a column because one stops being fresh. Or, honest. Or, not idiotic.

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