There are a host of offenders, from Politico, to any randomly selected Washington Post columnist (EJ Dionne and Eugene Robinson being notable exceptions), to the Stache, to Tim Keller, and the worst of all, that pothead turned faux Burkean David Brooks.
Here is where I take extreme umbrage with his tired old schitck
“There is a very strong correlation between single motherhood and low social mobility. There is a very strong correlation between high school dropout rates and low mobility. There is a strong correlation between the fraying of social fabric and low economic mobility. There is a strong correlation between de-industrialization and low social mobility. It is also true that many men, especially young men, are engaging in behaviors that damage their long-term earning prospects; much more than comparable women.
Low income is the outcome of these interrelated problems, but it is not the problem”
Perhaps those problems are the OUTCOMES of LOW INCOME? Even when it’s done through his nerdy, U of C educated, NY Times stamp of left coast approval style and mannerism it’s still the same old conservative playing card trumpted by the likes of Andrew Carnegie since Social Darwinism in the 1880s. The morally stout become wealthy and the morally indolent become poor. This ignores the fact that today’s children are growing up less educated, less employed, less wealthy, and even less healthy than their parents. First American generation to be worse off. And the only way to solve this is with systemic PUBLIC investments in those areas. I agree with Brooks and Ryan that it should be equality of opportunity not equality of outcome-but they fail to see the easy conclusion that there is no equality of opportunity in today’s America since the rich start from such a better point.
Brooks knows better. He is a big fan of Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone and Coming Apart and knows-and has even written about-how the upper income families tend to produce more stable, more homogenous families that tend to ensure their kids get into the best schools, have access to the best jobs, and stay within that strata. It is the vast lower middle class that is burgeoning-due to an intentional de-industrialization I might add-and that needs to be rescued and lifted up-not blamed for its own plight.
It’s also a massive canard to play the pox on both houses polarization came when only one of the two parties is even remotely functioning as an eager, moderate governing partner.
Look to see continued attempts by the ‘bipartisan consensus’ Washington-New York corridor to sideline Elizabeth Warren , sandbag Occupy, apologize for Christie or Ryan, and generally try and wish the problem away as Brooks does here.