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Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on April 4, 2014

The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal.com’s “Best of the Web” written by the editor, James Taranto.

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“Fruit Fly Nutrition Impacts Results”–headline, ALNMag.com, April 1

Bottom Story of the Day 
“No Vote on Noise in Culpeper”–headline, Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.), April 2

It Isn’t Easy Being Green 
Robert Reich, who served as labor secretary in the Clinton administration, doesn’t know the meaning of the word envy. Here’s how he concludes a Puffington Host post:

If America’s distributional game continues to create a few big winners and many who consider themselves losers by comparison, the losers will try to stop the game–not out of envy but out of a deep-seated sense of unfairness and a fear of unchecked power and privilege. Then we all lose.

Here’s how Merriam-Webster defines envy: “painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage.”

That’s pretty much the same thing as “a deep-seated sense of unfairness and a fear of unchecked power and privilege.” It’s not that Reich is immune to this particular sin. He literally doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

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