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August 05, 2003

As I've said before, I wasn't that impressed with Ehrenreich's book, Nickel and Dimed. I thought she barely touched the surface of the real problems the poor face on a daily basis in this country. I found her coverage...tepid. Quite frankly, I felt that she was so appalled by the situations she found around herself that she distanced herself emotionally very early in the book.

Which means that I find it surprising, even astounding, that she's the Cheap Labor Party's new pick for North Carolina Anti-Christ.

I know I commented on an earlier story about "student protestors" objecting to the book's liberal bias but this is absurd. The mind continues to boggle as I wonder how you could write such a story with a "conservative" bias. In any case, the book doesn't have a "liberal" bias unless the Right is willing to say that caring about people is a 'liberal thing'.

Honestly. What's wrong with teaching college kids that there are poor people in this country? Really, heartbreakingly poor people? Who can barely afford to eat? Who don't have medical care, dignity, or any hope of a decent future?

Are these parents afraid their kids' tears are going to mess up the leather seats in the Rolls?

On second thought, I'm glad this whole subject came up. I'd like to see someone stand up and publicly defend the position that writing about the lives of the poor is some kind of liberal trick to...I don't know...fool kids into believing that there are a lot of poor people in this country and that with some work we could help most of them to better lives.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:43 AM