A liberal economist, dining out with her husband to celebrate her birthday recently at an upscale Washington, D.C. restaurant, spied Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan at the same restaurant drinking wine with two other men. The problem for the liberal economist? The wine was $350 per bottle and Ryan and his friends had two of them.

Cue the liberal outrage.

The blog Talking Points Memo covered the story on July 8. According to TPM’s account, Rutgers University associate business professor Susan Feinberg “did the math” on the back of an envelope and discovered that the two bottles of wine cost more than a family on minimum wage earned in a week. Here’s how TPM reported the gist of the story:

“We were just stunned,” said Feinberg, who e-mailed TPM about her encounter later the same evening. “I was an economist so I started doing the envelope calculations and quickly figured out that those two bottles of wine was more than two-income working family making minimum wage earned in a week.”

The outraged Feinberg decided to confront Ryan in the restaurant. According to TPM, she demanded to know “how he could live with himself” drinking expensive wine while contemplating budget cuts to programs for the poor.

That’s a dumb (and self-righteous) question coming from someone claiming to be an economist. LINK

This story is such an outrage for so many reasons it’s hard to know where to start. First of all, I don’t care what Congressman Ryan was drinking or how much it cost or whom he drank it with. I just don’t. That’s his business. What bothers me most is this “Professor’s” specialty is economics. It should be hypocrisy. Clearly she isn’t smart enough to see the irony in her accosting the Congressman while she and her significant other WERE DINING IN THE SAME ESTABLISHMENT! I wonder what her bill was? She’s a fat cat professor at Rutgers making about 160K a year and she doesn’t even have command of her own discipline. Simply astounding. People, DO NOT let your kids take her class. It will be a waste of their time and your money.

Take a look at this on face value: The Congressman and his company were spending their own money. The money spent goes to pay the tab. The tab allows waitresses, bus boys, the owner, the winery, the wine steward, truckers and EVERYONE up and down the supply chain to make a living. Would the insipid professor be happier if they just had coffee and called it a night? Probably. Then she and her insane left-wing cohorts could just cry to the government for a bailout of the restaurant industry. You have to pass the bill before we can know what’s in it. Seriously.

 I have to tell you I see angry liberals getting more and more belligerent anymore. Their psychosis and hysteria is reaching a breaking point. Conservatives should take precautions when engaging in the political process or dialogue with these moonbats. In the meantime, this insightful video explains everything you need to know about liberals in academia. Enjoy.



  1. Randal Graves says:

    The true outrage is the fact that someone is actually trying to make this a story.

  2. C/A says:

    You can thank the “professor”. She has a lengthy post about it on her blog in addition to going to the media. Sickening.

  3. Wyatt Earp says:

    Talking Points Memo took the story and ran with it. The MSM followed suit. Strangely, no one mentioned the fact that she was obviously drunk when she acosted Rep. Ryan. If this were a drunken right-wing nut acosting a Democrat representative, the person would be awaiting bail right now.

  4. John D says:

    “I was an economist so I started doing the envelope calculations and quickly figured out that those two bottles of wine was more than two-income working family making minimum wage earned in a week.”

    What this “economist” and her liberal fellow travelers don’t seem to grasp is that the minimum wage is for ENTRY level workers. If you’ve been in the workforce for 20 years and you’re still making the MW, you need to seriously reevaluate your career planning paradigm. I worked full-time in retail for 12 years. I started in a non-managerial job making well above the minimum wage, and I increased my salary by over 150% before leaving retail for the public sector. I’d like to think this happened because I’m so awesome, but I’m not that exceptional. It happens all the time, it’s called “Income mobility.” Thomas Sowell (a real economist) explains it pretty well here:

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