Middle Class

Illiberal Liberalism

The left’s disdain for ordinary Americans has deep historical roots. by Bruce S. Thornton // Defining Ideas  During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama let slip his disdain for the middle-class when he explained his lack of traction among such voters. “It’s not surprising then,” Obama said, “that they get bitter, they cling to guns or …

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A Beat-up, Exhausted, and Terrified Republican Establishment

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media  On almost every contemporary issue there is a populist, middle-class argument to be made against elite liberalism. Yet the Republican class in charge seems ossified in its inability to make a counter-argument for the middle class. Never has the liberal agenda been so vulnerable, a logical development when bad …

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The Outlaw Campus

The university has become a rogue institution in need of root-and-branch reform. by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online  Two factors have so far shielded the American university from the sort of criticism that it so freely levels against almost every other institution in American life. (1) For decades a college education has been considered …

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Good Ol’ Boy, Inc.

Reality shows about gold miners, ax men, and ice-road truckers are a far cry from the Kardashians. by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online  The hysteria over Duck Dynasty reminds us that cable TV is currently inundated with working-class, white-guy reality shows. Top-drawing, relatively low-cost realities showcase gold miners, oil drillers, hunters, locomotive drivers, off-the-grid backwoods eccentrics, …

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The World of the Coliseum

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media  I woke up one morning not long ago, and noticed that the world that I was born into no longer exists. It was as if I had once lived in Republican Italy, took a nap, and awoke to the Roman Empire, AD 200. Latifundia Let me explain. All the …

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Obama’s Fallout for the Left

He will not be harmed by his “misspeaking,” but his fellow liberals will. by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online  Conservatives keep blaring, “Obama lied!” over the president’s serial untruths about the Affordable Care Act. Even liberal pundits now talk of the president’s “misspeaking,” or even of his “misleading” statements and only so-so corrections. But …

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Don’t Forget the Other Entitlement Monsters

by Bruce S. Thornton // FrontPage Magazine  The continuing attention devoted to the blunders, incompetence, and lies surrounding the Obamacare rollout is much deserved. But we shouldn’t forget that the President’s health-care monstrosity is merely the latest and biggest of scores of government entitlement programs suffering from the same flawed progressive assumption––that government “experts” armed with …

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What Are They Fighting Over?

by Victor Davis Hanson // NRO’s The Corner  The deficit this year may fall to below $700 billion, but that is still huge at a time of a record near $17 trillion in debt, and comes despite a supposedly recovering economy and more revenue, despite recent sequestration cuts, despite dramatic gains in U.S. domestic energy production, …

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