Vote for Rich Whitey

This would be an Onion headline if it weren’t real:

SPRINGFIELD — The last name of Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney is misspelled as “Whitey” on electronic-voting machines in nearly two dozen wards — about half in predominantly African-American areas — and election officials said Wednesday the problem cannot be corrected by Election Day.

UPDATE: Thanks to this post, “Rich Whitey” is now following me on Twitter.  I gather this is just somebody else with a sense of humor.

Equality of Opportunity

I’ve probably made this point before and I’ll surely make it again, but Jon Chait does a nice succint job of it in parsing some recent statements of Eric Cantor, so here goes…

Cantor: That’s what America’s about. It’s about providing an even playing field for opportunity, not the government sitting here saying, ‘This person here’s too successful, this one’s not, I’m gonna take from this one and give to that one.’ That’s the principle. It’s earned success.

That is indeed the heart of what Republicans believe. They believe that all success is earned success. They do not believe that luck or life circumstance play an important part in economic success. They believe that wealth and poverty are essentially moral categories, interchangeable with “hard work” and “sloth.” They decry government, but they don’t really oppose government per se. They oppose those government functions that transfer resources from the rich to the non-rich.

Sure, I work reasonably hard and I’m smart.  I’ve done nothing in life to deserve a brain that simply processes information more efficiently than the average person’s (nor am I into false modesty– which is what it would be to deny I’m intelligent, but I don’t think that fact makes me any better than other people)  and to have grown up in a family where I had two parents that were incredibly supportive and nurturing (and in a nice upper middle class environment, to boot).  There’s lots of people who might work at a gas station who I would honestly consider have much more so “earned” their success because of their different natural abilities and life circumstances.  Liberals get this.  Conservatives don’t.

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