September 26, 2006

Tuesday Tidbits

  • If you missed Keith Olbermann's Special Comment last night go here.

  • Thom Hartman, a man with more knowledge of history in his pinkie finger than I have in my entire body, is interviewed over at BuzzFlash over his new book, Screwed, The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class and What We Can Do About It. His closing comments:
  • BuzzFlash: Let me close with one recollection, which certainly is a telling moment that speaks to your book. Bush had one of his many staged townhall meetings. There was a woman on stage with him and he was asking her what her family life was like, and did she work? And yes, she worked three jobs. She needed to work three jobs. And he said, “That’s fantastic. That’s so American,” or something to that effect. Here is a woman working three jobs just to get by, and Bush praises her for being such a good American. It used to be the dream of the middle class that if you worked one solid job, you had the night with your family. You had weekends off. You could afford your kid’s college tuition. You could save for retirement. Bush's new role model is a woman with a family who works three jobs. What does that say to you?

    Thom Hartmann: It perfectly crystallizes the entire thing. George W. Bush was born a multi-millionaire and feels the entitlements of being a member of the ruling class economically and politically. He apparently was not raised with the sense of noblesse oblige that, at least, Joe Kennedy was good enough to impart to his children -- that if you’re wealthy, you have some obligation to society. And so you’re just seeing it in a very raw form -- the belief that there are rulers and there are the ruled. There is the overclass and there is the underclass. And there’s really no need for a middle class in Bush’s world, in the conservative world.

    BuzzFlash: And the role of the underclass is to work three jobs.

    Thom Hartmann: That’s right. Because if you’re working three jobs, you’re not going to be politically active. You’re not going to be a pain in the butt. You’re not going to be uppity. You’re not going to be problematic for the political and economic forces that are running the country. You’re not going to be in anybody’s way because you’re out there working. So let’s just pat them on the head and say, yeah, keep it up. That is the conservative role model.

    Excellent interview. Read it all.

  • Local reactions to the Titus-Gibbons debate last night here, here, here, and here. My opinion? Though Titus started out with the UNLV gaffe, she recovered and, in contrast to her opponent, gave specific answers to questions starting with "What would you do..." All Gibbons could do was declare Titus would raise our taxes, and then speak in generalities and platitudes. By the way, Dina's right. It doesn't matter whether you fund education first, last, or at any other time. What matters is what you are funding, and how much you are allocating and where. If we fund education first and it turns out we need more money for education, is education S.O.L.?

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