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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The New Gilded Age 2.0

I have to say, even I'm a little surprised by some of the numbers Blow presents in his column.  I've always said the main problem with the GOP is a fundamental lack of empathy, but it's sad to see so many Americans believe the same tired, false tropes about poverty and the poor.

I would have thought that the recent economic turmoil would have created some empathy for the poor, but more likely, those that teetered on the edge of bankruptcy were able to pull themselves back because the stimulus saved GM, and they work as a GM dealership.  Or they were able to re-finance their home because the Fed kept interest rates low.  Or they relied on family who weren't struggling.

Basically they benefited from either government measures or family connections, and saw in this their own personal virtue.

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