This is really a droll NYT article, and not least because of this sentence: “THAT pattern is right in line with surveys, which show a decades-long decline in support for redistributive policies and an increase in conservatism in the electorate even as inequality worsens. ” So, so many hidden assumptions:
- That people agree with Democrats that income inequality is a huge problem (the Left doesn’t want to admit that it becomes a much smaller problem, once minimum daily calorie intake levels are reached).
- That people agree with Democrats that income inequality has anything to do with the real problems facing this country (the Left really doesn’t want to admit that redistribution is an inherently inefficient system, and that their policies do nothing to make it more efficient).
- That people agree with Democrats that the Democrats are essentially blue collar (they are, of course, instead a party riddled with rich people, political dynasties, celebrities, and whatnot).
- That people agree with Democrats that the Democrats are best suited to actually fix anything (the Left absolutely, completely, totally doesn’t want to admit that they couldn’t run an orgy in a bordello).
And at that, this isn’t the dumbest NYT article out there. The author actually finishes with a suggestion that Democrats make redistributive policies more efficient, cut down on waste, and encourage people to get off them. Which is… true, but irrelevant: the Democratic party leadership isn’t about to give up that particular gravy train – and note: the Democratic establishment is who’s getting the gravy there…
Bottom line: things that elites like are not always the same things that the working class likes. Simple as that. No, really.