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  1. I thought it was great. Wrote a post about it earlier in the week.

    In my opinion, she hits the nail on the head.

    Comment by Dean — Sunday, October 30, 2005 @ 9:19 am

  2. I read your post, and left the following comment:

    I still do not see what the actual argument is and what the coming doom is supposed to be. It is all so very vague.

    Casting all the “elites” in one big pot is over-simplistic. And even beyond that, where is the evidence that the elites of the past were somehow morally superior to the elites of the present? It isn’t as if our history (whether of the US or of the world) is all that impressive.

    I am not comfortable with the idea that we have some homogenous elite that is exhibiting a particular set of behaviors.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Sunday, October 30, 2005 @ 9:37 am

  3. Steven,

    I agree, she is being over-simplistic. That said I think there is some truth to her statements.

    In many parts of this country, people at the top end of the foodchain have taken a “I got mine” attitude. I think there is reason to be depressed when you look at that in contrast. Both inner cities as well as rural Americans have not had that luxury.

    Comment by Dean — Sunday, October 30, 2005 @ 2:24 pm

  4. I wouldn’t necessarily argue with that-however, I don’t see that as a new phenomenon that would result in the doom that Noonan is writing about.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Sunday, October 30, 2005 @ 2:36 pm

  5. Steven, sitting in the airport today, I got my hands on the latest Time magazine - the one with the cover story about pension funds. There is no way to spin the story away. It’s ugly, it’s bad, and it’s only going to get worse. Ditto medicare and medicaid cuts, rising health care expenses, and wage rollbacks for blue-collar workers. And then I got to read about the Abramson/Reed/Rove connection.

    And that’s just one part of the picture. I didn’t read Noonan’s piece, but I am in something of a funk myself these days, because the foxes have been given the keys to the chicken farm - by both parties.

    Comment by bryan — Sunday, October 30, 2005 @ 7:22 pm

  6. Bryan,

    These are all legitimate concerns, for sure. However, none of them are in Noonan’s column. Perhaps that is what she is talking about, perhaps not.

    There is plenty to be depressed and disgusted over, to be sure.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Sunday, October 30, 2005 @ 8:12 pm

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