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Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread
Posted: 02 Oct 2011 05:00 AM PDT
"Nickel and Dimed" from Lewis Lapham's "The American Ruling Class" available for purchase here or through Netflix streaming.
I don't know about you, but I feel very nickel and dimed of late. From the obscene monthly charge for using an ATM card levied only on those who don't carry a $6,000 balance in their checking account (because it makes sense not to charge those who have no problem affording it, right?) to job websites discriminating against the unemployed to all the absurd extra fees, charges and humiliation I had to endure flying home from a family get together. And yet when I look at the roster of the Sunday shows, I see all the same familiar faces and NOT ONE of them will talk about what it's like for most Americans. I suspect that most don't have a clue that they don't know what it's like for most Americans, and worst, they don't care.
If it's Sunday, it's the John McCain Show, this time on Face the Nation. And the media is going to give Herman Cain his due as the Florida Straw Poll winner with two spotlights on This Week and Fox News Sunday. Imagine if he polled higher than 5%! Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz will appear together, making State of the Union the official nexus of evil this weekend. And for some giggles, check out Chris Matthews' topic. After 30 years of catastrophic Reagonomics poisoning the economy, he wants the panel to tell him whether they think America is beginning a long-term decline. Like I said, most of them do not have a clue what it's like for 99% of the American people.