Ms. Klein would have us believe that the diabolical right-wing machine has used home ownership and stock ownership as tools to entice working-class people to vote for right-wing politicians against their real economic interest. The truth is more nuanced. The right is not a monolith--clearly some in it are willing to use any policy necessary to secure political advantage, while others are motivated by an idealistic desire to raise more people into the middle class. Not every right wing policy maker is a Karl Rove or a Tom DeLay, and I would certainly not put Grover Norquist in that camp.
More and more Americans are starting to understand that the strident claims of both sides are much akin to the commercials for light beer. It is time for the politicians and pundits to grow up and start to synthesize: the right needs to acknowledge that there is no returning to 1929--that progressive policies have helped to create wealth and improve our society. The left needs to acknowledge that "the free-market system" is a provident money cow that needs to be maintained and nurtured--and both sides need to agree that means must be found to more equitably distribute its "milk".
The political debate would become so more intelligent and satisfying if it started there.
Blue Ash, OH
Feb 4 2008 - 4:46pm