Apparently the GOP is back to their “austerity” measures and the people of Joplin MO could suffer for it. Eric Cantor lead the charge. Compassionate soul that he is, Cantor feels that the people of Joplin deserve aide - but only if it means cutting back on OTHER government programs…. you know ….little things like unemployment insurance, medicare and social security. Nothing of any major importance for a country in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
Simple Solutions or Simplistic Nonsense?
Yes, Eric Cantor was in the news again touting his “kitchen table” economics and trying to apply it the devastation in Joplin MO. It really is very simple isn’t it? I mean - if you save $10k for a new car but your house is blown down by a Tornado - you use the $10k to rebuild your life, right? Sorry that does not fly.
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The Demonization of the Intellectual Elite:
In a recent article in The American Interest - American Dreams, American Resentments, Walter Russell Mead describes the surging rage against the American upper-middle class or so-called intellectual elite on the part of the middle-middle and lower-middle classes. He points out quite aptly that the so-called upper middle class is ready to push back against the plutocracy that is now crippling our government and to their shock and surprise - when they look behind them - they find the angry masses lining up with the plutocrats - buying into their simplistic spin and fighting any hint of progressiveness tooth and nail. It often appears that the only way to prevent the fall of our republic into an institutional oligarchy will be by brute force. The great seething masses are going to have to dragged kicking and screaming into any type of future that offers them enough opportunities to thrive.