Saturday, November 18, 2006

That's Great And All...

Everyone seems to be lauding Jim Webb's editorial in the WSJ about America's "steady drift toward a class-based systems". My question to Senator-elect Webb is "What are you going to do about it?". Its all very well and good to recognize growing social inequality; such recognition by a public figure (a future Senator, no less) represents a big step forward. But identifying a problem is only step one of a multi-step process; you still have to identify a solution. And that is where, I fear, Webb falls short. He fails to offer a single concrete example of steps he'd like to see taken to remedy the problem. Rather he offers vague platitudes about recognizing the validity of working Americans' concerns; great, their concerns are valid, what are you going to do now? "Confront the growing unfairness in this age of globalization"? That's empty rhetoric, pure and simple; come back when you've got something to say. And to the rest of y'all falling all over yourselves to applaud Jim Webb, knock it off.

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