OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 :::

The Political Struggle

Jim Webb publishes an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that is as revealing as it is problematic.

There are threads in the piece that strike a very populist economic chord -- like "...our society's steady drift toward a class-based system, the likes of which we have not seen since the 19th century." Or, "It should be the first order of business for the new Congress to begin addressing these divisions, and to work to bring true fairness back to economic life."

That hardly sounds like Pat Moynihan, Webb's adopted role model. Rather, it sounds like Huey Long, and, yes, there are Buchanan-esque flourishes as well.

If this is truly what the Senator-elect believes, and I have no reason to doubt it, then Virginia has elected a man whose economic principles run counter to the Commonwealth's economic future.

I'll have more on this later.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 11/15/2006 0 comments


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