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Why are Washington & the Punditocracy so out of touch?

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This question seems to be getting a lot of play. Frank Rich has an excellent column today on the topic, and Glenn Greenwald has an exceptionally good column exploring the Beltway Breakdown. As Jay Rosen notes (quoted in the column):

The narrative that we aren’t getting is that the political class cannot solve the problems it created. And that some outside force is needed. People from outside, ideas from outside, as well as the anger and sort of mobilized feeling of Americans themselves.

Greenwald links to a Billmon post in which he captures the essence of the situation with two quotations from the same newspaper on the same day:

Congressional efforts to impose stringent restrictions on executive compensation [at government-subsidized banks] appeared to be evaporating yesterday as House and Senate negotiators worked to fine-tune the compromise stimulus bill.
Lawmakers’ Goal to Cap Executive Pay Meets Resistance
Washington Post
February 12, 2009

It’s hard enough to lose a job. But for a growing proportion of U.S. workers, the troubles really set in when they apply for unemployment benefits.

More than a quarter of people applying for such claims have their rights to the benefit challenged as employers increasingly act to block payouts to former workers.
Employers Fighting Unemployment Benefits
Washington Post
February 12, 2009

And Steve Benen has a post on the same general topic. If you read all the posts at the links, you’ll see just how out of touch DC has managed to become. We’re reaching a tipping point as the economic conditions worsen and DC and the media remain out of touch and defensive of their privilege.

Written by Leisureguy

15 February 2009 at 8:00 am

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