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Posted on 01/09/2013 6:54:41 AM PST by Rummyfan
Elizabeth Warren turns out to be a special pleader for her own industry...
Warrens example illustrates as well as ours the point about the trouble with defining middle class in terms of annual income. But the combination of her two examples illustrates something about her, too.
What did Warren do before her recent foray into politics? She was a professor at Harvard. What policy does she suggest to strengthen Americas middle class? Pouring more federal money into subsidizing the already heavily subsidized industry where she spent her career. What is her archetypal example of a middle-class American? Someone who both works in and is a customer of that industry.
Theres a deeper irony here. Americas education industry, by accelerating the upward mobility of the most intelligent young people, has served as a relentless engine of social stratification. Associative mating among the cognitive elite (Charles Murrays term in The Bell Curve) is what gave us Belmont (as Murray calls the increasingly insular educated class in Coming Apart).
The stratification of American society by cognitive ability no doubt has its benefits in terms of economic growth and efficiency. But if one were looking for someone who personifies a Belmont elitist, one could scarcely do better than to point to Elizabeth Warren. Her egalitarian pose is one of the great hypocrisies of our age.
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Staffers at Current TV aren't happy about Al Gore's decision to sell to Al Jazeera, New York Post TV critic Linda Stasi reports:
Yesterday morning, the still shell shocked staff at Current TV was called to an all hands staff meeting at its San Francisco headquarters, which was teleconferenced to their offices in LA and NYC, to meet their new bosses. . . .
"Of course Al didn't show up," said one high placed Current staffer. "He has no credibility.
"He's supposed to be the face of clean energy and just sold [the channel] to very big oil, the emir of Qatar! Current never even took big oil advertising--and Al Gore, that bulls***ter sells to the emir?" . . .
The displeasure with Gore among the staff was thick enough to cut with a scimitar.
"We all know now that Al Gore is nothing but a bulls***ter," said the staffer bluntly.
We could have told them that in 2000, if not earlier.