Thursday, April 12, 2007

Formerly known as the Land of Opportunity

Some of the things that Americans believe most unquestioningly about their country are frequently honored more in the breach than in the observance: Our belief in the rewards that come from hard work; that any little boy [sic] can grow up to be president; that American is exceptional among nations--and that each generation can count on their children being better off than they are.

Crooks and Liars flags a survey released by Change to Win, polling the attitudes of non-supervisory workers. Perhaps not surprisingly in 2007, most of them are more concerned with "basic security" rather than opportunity.

In a nutshell, the survey suggests that Americans who get their income from wages, not capital gains and inheritance, are angry, worried, and ready to see change in corporate behavior, lax (or worse) government protections, and workers' rights.

Interesting times ahead. Sounds like a good time for strong populists to consider a Senate run. I'm just saying.