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What if they held a class war and nobody noticed? For decades, liberals and progressives have been bashed for conducting a "class war" every time they suggest that it would be appropriate for the extremely wealthy to shoulder a bit more of the burden of paying for government. Meanwhile, a swarm of far-right think-tanks and political action committees have been working tirelessly to promote the idea that taxes on the wealthy should be lowered further from their historic lows, and that entitlement programs such as social security and medicare are too expensive to sustain (and in any case, immoral). The latest attempts to delegitimize public employee unions are the logical next step in what genuinely appears to be the systematic dismantlement of the middle class. This blog will highlight some of the more extreme examples of this activity that may not always show up in your news feeds.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

What It's Like to Live In a Red State

I spent many years in one of the country's very reddest states, and was periodically floored by the things those in power publicly uttered, on the apparent assumption that 100% of the people hearing/reading about it would agree.  There was a total lack of awareness of how out-of-step they were with large segments of the larger society.  This could include overt racism, religious exceptionalism, or violent threats against any with whom they disagreed.

This latest episode from Kansas (not the state I refer to above) would fit right in.  Sadly, it's par for the course in the middle and southern parts of the country.

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