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A Senator-elect on America’s “class-based system”

Posted by metaphorical on 17 November 2006

 The most important–and unfortunately the least debated–issue in politics today is our society’s steady drift toward a class-based system, the likes of which we have not seen since the 19th century. America’s top tier has grown infinitely richer and more removed over the past 25 years. It is not unfair to say that they are literally living in a different country. Few among them send their children to public schools; fewer still send their loved ones to fight our wars. They own most of our stocks, making the stock market an unreliable indicator of the economic health of working people.
 This ever-widening divide is too often ignored or downplayed by its beneficiaries. A sense of entitlement has set in among elites, bordering on hubris
 It should be the first order of business for the new Congress to begin addressing these divisions, and to work to bring true fairness back to economic life.

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James Webb, the newly elected Senator from Virginia, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece dated 15 November.

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