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Breakfast Scramble (Tuesday)

DavidL's Breakfast Scramble

The KKK is gone, the Kennedy Kongressional Klan is gone.  Free at last, free at last.

Class envy, from James Carroll, Boston Globe [1]:

If a just society is defined by the relationship between the well off and the very poor, we have big trouble. US Census data for 2010 show the widest rich-poor income gap on record. In 1968, the top 20 percent of Americans had about 7 times the income of those living below the poverty line. By 2008, that disparity had grown to about 13. By 2010, it had grown even further, to more than 14. The poverty level in 2010 was put at $21,954 for a family of four. In 2010, the percentage of Americans living below half of the poverty line (or about $11,000) had grown from 5.7 percent in 2008 to 6.3 percent. That the rich get richer while the poor get poorer can seem a timeless cliché, yet something is steadily corroding America. The mythic land of equality has the largest income disparity of any Western nation. How can that be?

I am not buying Carroll’s concept of a just society.    We have had societies based on a supposed fair distribution of material wealth,  like the former Soviet Union, where they stood in line for toilet paper.

In contrast, when Americans stand in like it is to see the latest Harry Potter movie or buy s flat screen television from Wally World.    Carroll may prefer standing in line for TP, as for me, I’ll take TV.  And you?

WaPo lauds ‘pubs, kind of, sort of, from E.J. Dionne, RCP [2]:

But on reflection, I offer the Republicans two cheers for their fealty to their professed ideals. We badly need a full-scale debate over what the Constitution is, means and allows — and how Americans have argued about these questions since the beginning of the republic. This provision should be the springboard for a discussion all of us should join.

From its inception, the tea party movement has treated the nation’s great founding document not as the collection of shrewd political compromises that it is, but as the equivalent of sacred scripture.

Octo-Mom does Disneyland, and where are the childrens’ fathers?  From Tod Akuaba [3]:

Nadya Suleman did what any responsible mom of 14 would do when her house is foreclosed on and she has no place to live, she took her brood to Disneyland and spent loads of money she doesn’t have! The..

The children have a fathers.  Find them.
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