March 27, 1992 |
Class warfare, discredited throughout the former Communist world, seems to have found new life in American political circles. A front-page article in the March 5 New York Times described one example: An allegation that the recovery of the 1980s - and hence the conservative philosophy of the Bush administration - helped the rich and hurt the poor. This analysis, a reprise of the so-called fairness argument, rests on a Congressional Budget Office study and an analysis by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist, Paul Krugman.
June 21, 2006 |
Paul Krugman is a columnist for the New York Times In case you haven't noticed, modern American politics is marked by vicious partisanship, with the great bulk of the viciousness coming from the right. It's clear that the Republican plan for the 2006 election is, once again, to question Democrats' patriotism. But do Republican leaders truly believe that they are serious about fighting terrorism, while Democrats aren't? When the speaker of the House declares that "we in this Congress must show the same steely resolve as those men and women on United Flight 93," is that really the way he sees himself?
March 20, 2011 |
Andy Kessler - a former AT&T engineer, Silicon Valley stock analyst, and hedge fund manager - writes lively accounts of the working rich, and the ideas percolating on the edges of the U.S. economy, where the action is. His first-person books Running Money and Wall Street Meat took apart the dot.com bubble and its villains. How We Got Here gave a glib, quick-hit history of tech. The End of Medicine predicts that new devices and diagnostics will put a lot of doctors out of business.
March 2, 2009
BRACE yourself: Joe the Plumber may be staging a comeback. The troubled poster boy for class warfare, canonized by Republican presidential candidate John McCain during the campaign, must surely be waiting for an entrance cue, given how many times the threat of "class warfare" has been raised last week. The threat was prompted by Barack Obama's budget, which rewrites "a legacy of misplaced priorities" and raises taxes for the wealthiest Americans. Joe made his sad plight known when he asked Obama on the campaign trail if he'd be paying higher taxes after he expanded his business and started making over $250,000.
January 8, 2003 |
Be wary. By offering certain facts here, I may, according to President Bush, make myself guilty of "class warfare. " The President is proposing an economic "stimulus" plan that will certainly stimulate the very wealthiest Americans. Its centerpiece will be an end to taxes on dividends, which will cost the government about $300 billion over the next decade. It happens, according to Citizens for Tax Justice, that roughly half that money would go to people earning more than $350,000 a year, to the top 1 percent of Americans.
September 25, 2011 |
Growing up poor isn't so bad. Most poor kids don't even notice it, since it's unlikely that their friends and neighbors are doing any better. But being accustomed to poverty doesn't excuse its existence. As a child, it never struck me as anything other than normal that my brothers and I wore patched jeans. I didn't care, but in retrospect I know my mother did. She took the time to sew the patches on the inside of our pants and used a darning technique to make the patchwork less visible.
August 22, 2000
Apparently, when people listen for themselves, they hear things the press doesn't. Most pundits panned Vice President Al Gore's acceptance speech Thursday night, ridiculing his speeded-up speaking style and his "laundry list" of specific programs and promises. But the viewing public must have seen the speech differently. Some voters even said they didn't find Gore boring. Whatever you make of that judgment, a few days later, the polls say that Gore has made up a double-digit gap between him and Republican candidate George Bush.
May 30, 1993 |
The balding man stepped up to the podium and with the fervor of a tent revivalist preached his gospel: "Fire in the belly! That's what you've got to have - fire in the belly! "It's an honorable thing to do to help poor people, to help working mothers get a health plan for their kids and a paid vacation. "To get that, you are going to have to get out there early in the morning and be dressed well. Saturday and Sunday, too. You have to look for live wires, and a lot of the most live-wire people you meet will be churchgoers.
May 21, 1993 |
Watergate it ain't. Nonetheless, New Jersey gubernatorial hopeful Jim Wallwork has accused one of his opponents of engaging in a form of dirty campaigning. By talking dirty. Republican frontrunner Christine Todd Whitman, according to Wallwork's campaign, has stooped to using "vulgar" language to describe the tactics of Wallwork and the third major GOP candidate, Cary Edwards. Whitman "continually promotes herself as the victim of class warfare," Wallwork's campaign manager, retired Anthony J. Adessa, a retired Army colonel, wrote yesterday in a letter to the editor of The Bernardsville News.
March 1, 2005
THE Daily News has been remiss in not hiring letter-writer Abe Krieger as a columnist. Krieger is a paragon of wisdom whose views should be shared with all and given a regular space. He would fit right in with the other blowhard conservative columists that cheer for war, incompetent leaders and a police state. But the Daily News should also implement a new rule that would affect Krieger, Michelle Malkin, Michael Smerconish and Christine Flowers. The rule would state that they wouldn't be allowed to include the conservative code words like "liberal," "liberal bias," "Clinton," "class warfare against the rich" and "socialism" in their columns.