Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Webb is Da Man

Somehow I missed Webb's essay in the WSJ.

The most important--and unfortunately the least debated--issue in politics today is our society's steady drift toward a class-based system, the likes of which we have not seen since the 19th century.

That's just the beginning.

This class-stratification is something that I have been railing about since I got out the Marine Corps in 1995. My ranting got me labelled as the Cassandra who should be treated nicely and left alone in the corner (by "liberals," no less).

I wish that either (a) Webb was my senator, or (b) I was the hell out of MD and back in VA . . .

More from Webb:

This ever-widening divide is too often ignored or downplayed by its beneficiaries. A sense of entitlement has set in among elites, bordering on hubris. When I raised this issue with corporate leaders during the recent political campaign, I was met repeatedly with denials, and, from some, an overt lack of concern for those who are falling behind. A troubling arrogance is in the air among the nation's most fortunate. Some shrug off large-scale economic and social dislocations as the inevitable byproducts of the "rough road of capitalism." Others claim that it's the fault of the worker or the public education system, that the average American is simply not up to the international challenge, that our education system fails us, or that our workers have become spoiled by old notions of corporate paternalism.

Still others have gone so far as to argue that these divisions are the natural results of a competitive society. Furthermore, an unspoken insinuation seems to be inundating our national debate: Certain immigrant groups have the "right genetics" and thus are natural entrants to the "overclass," while others, as well as those who come from stock that has been here for 200 years and have not made it to the top, simply don't possess the necessary attributes.

Expect to see Senator Webb have a "plane accident" soon, like Paul Wellstone.


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