Why don’t Americans pay more attention to growing income disparity? One reason may be our enduring belief in social mobility. Economic inequality is less troubling if you live in a country where any child, no matter how humble his or her origins, can grow up to be president. In a survey of 27 nations conducted from 1998 to 2001, the country where the highest proportion agreed with the statement “people are rewarded for intelligence and skill” was, of course, the United States. (69 percent). But when it comes to real as opposed to imagined social mobility, surveys find less in the United States than in much of (what we consider) the class-bound Old World. France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Spain—not to mention some newer nations like Canada and Australia—are all places where your chances of rising from the bottom are better than they are in the land of Horatio Alger’s Ragged Dick.
I know it’s become cool to hate Jack White, but I love him. White Stripes:
My old friend Eggbone posted this at facebook:
Never heard these guys before, but I’ll sure be listening more now!
The dapper super-nerd with the smug grin is leading the latest Republican attempt to shrink government to the size of an antebellum plantation…
My guest on Virtually Speaking Susie at 9pm EST is Will Bunch, who blogs at Attytood, writes for the Philadelphia Daily News and is pretty smart, to boot! Tune in here, I’m pretty sure we’ll be arguing over Michael Vick’s new contract.
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If I hear one more person talk about how Irene coverage was just “hype,” I’m gonna have to hurt them.
The young woman who shared my hospital room had pneumonia and was hacking up a storm. After she was finally moved to the ICU, I asked the staff nurse if she was contagious. Even though the nurse already told me the woman probably caught the pneumonia when she was in the hospital recently to deliver a baby, she said, “Oh, no, no.” Right.
“Well, I’d feel better if someone would clean the bathroom and empty the trashcans with all her tissues,” I said.
They finally cleaned it right before I left. And even though I wiped down what I could (considering how I was tethered to an IV stand), I now have a cold. I never get colds, it’s been years since I had one. Sigh…
“And willing to take any punishment I am due.” — Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, Larry Wilkerson, on war crimes of Bush and Cheney.