These Two Results Are Intimately Related

October 26th, 2011 at 8:19 am

Headlines from the AM’s NY Times:

Top Earners Doubled Share of Nation’s Income, Study Finds

New Poll Finds a Deep Distrust of Government

Broadly speaking, I worry that most Americans now believe that key institutions and societal functions that we count on to improve our living standards, offset market failures, break down mobility barriers, protect the vulnerable, provide the information we need to make good choices–government, schools, the media, corporations, job creation–are failing us.

And they’re more right than wrong.

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2 comments in reply to "These Two Results Are Intimately Related"

  1. Dick C says:

    I have to assume that some who distrust government are top earners who actually wish government would fail us even more!

  2. readerOfTeaLeaves says:

    I have no idea whether I am ‘typical’, but that late July 2011 debt ceiling fiasco moved me to a level of disgust that I had not imagined possible. That was partly because the Dems didn’t seem able to recognize the rampant ideology they were up against. And it was partly because the ideologues on the right seemed so gleefully excited about throwing out the babies with the bathwater.

    When you’re watching people beat their chests because they think that throwing the babies out with the bathwater constitutes some form of ‘leadership’, you know you are in political La-La Land.

    Traditionally, IMVHO, the best thing about American culture and American dynamism has been the practical, ‘hands on’ psychology that has enabled people to be competent.
    People understood what they were doing, because they made things that had to work.
    Where did that go?

    Pragmatists know that throwing the babies out with the bathwater is short-sighted stupidity.
    We need more pragmatists.
    Ideologues are too expensive.