This week at The Daily Caller, a contrarian take on the would-be cures for the blue-collar blues:
instead of scheming to cultivate a vast class of hardy grunts, elites across the ideological range aim more to infantilize them, treating them like lesser beings in need above all of institutionalized maternalistic love. Barack Obama offers the typical liberal combination of lectures and bribes. Rick Santorum captures the strangely similar spirit of Republicans who think the working class will collapse into servitude and vice unless the government incentivizes and subsidizes their virtues. The parties haggle over what counts as a virtue, but the pattern of thinking remains the same: without us, you’re doomed.