No doubt because of the article on the Koch brothers in The New Yorker, Muckety Maps has up a map that must be seen to be believed. Note the Aspen Institute, whose chairman of the board is also the chairman of the board of Teach For America, which Megan McArdle often praises.
AEI, Cato, Heritage, Federalist Society, Americans For Prosperity Foundation (funds tea-parties; formerly was called Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation, which merged with Empower America to create FreedomWorks, also a tea-party funder).
Thousands upon thousands of well-paying jobs as half-assed hack writers and media pundits. Jobs that pay for very nice middle class lives, the kind that are disappearing by the thousands. You can have a nice little house.
Isn't it charming? Don't you wish you could afford it?
You can afford adorable little cars.
Hug me, I'm British!
And all you have to do is what you would do anyway-comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted! You'll go on tv and make lots of money and have wonderful things, and best of all you'll know that everything you have is due entirely to your own specialness, your inherent beauty and brains and, well, sheer class! You're no common whore, you're an Audrey Hepburn whore, Holly Golightly, who goes lightly from restaurant to plane to tv studio to your homey little pied-a-terre in the heart of a nearly fashionable area of DC. And while you enjoy the spoils of your labor you can rest assured that you need never feel guilty or responsible, since everybody says the poor are that way because they are lazy and immoral and, frankly, smelly.
My God, isn't life wonderful?