Same Species, Different Planets

This morning’s Huffington Post headlines Sarah Palin’s birther tendencies … and I don’t mean her puzzling personal birthing practices.  (Indeed, after her experiences you might think that she’d shy away from any subjects involving the words birth, birthing … maybe even birthday.)  Not our Sarah.  She’s not afraid of anything – and certainly not illogic.

In a recent radio interview she stepped in and gave the birthers a boost, indicating that she apparently thinks its a legit and still-open question, whether Obama was born in Hawaii.  Here’s the interview, if you can stomach it.

If that’s how people want to spend their time, I suppose I shouldn’t complain too much.  It’s keeps ’em busy and effectively removed from the real world … which is actually kind of a blessing … at least ’til election time.

Elizabeth Warren represents a member of the species from the other end of the evolutionary spectrum.  Way, way far away from Sarah – although to look at them, you wouldn’t know it.   Warren has written (and I suspect that she actually did write this) an article about the ongoing assault on America’s Middle Class.  It’s an eye-opening confirmation of what most of us have been feeling in our guts.  She writes:

Pundits talk about “populist rage” as a way to trivialize the anger and fear coursing through the middle class. But they have it wrong. Families understand with crystalline clarity that the rules they have played by are not the same rules that govern Wall Street. They understand that no American family is “too big to fail.” They recognize that business models have shifted and that big banks are pulling out all the stops to squeeze families and boost revenues. They understand that their economic security is under assault and that leaving consumer debt effectively unregulated does not work.


America today has plenty of rich and super-rich. But it has far more families who did all the right things, but who still have no real security. Going to college and finding a good job no longer guarantee economic safety. Paying for a child’s education and setting aside enough for a decent retirement have become distant dreams. Tens of millions of once-secure middle class families now live paycheck to paycheck, watching as their debts pile up and worrying about whether a pink slip or a bad diagnosis will send them hurtling over an economic cliff.

Two women, same species.  One might run for President in 2012.

It makes me want to go read What’s the Matter with Kansas … maybe I will!  (As soon as I finish Persuasion … which might just take months at the rate I’m going.)

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