Mr. Brooks never tires of his own rhetorical strategy of presenting his interventions, framed in a vulgar pastiche of Hegelian ‘Concepts’, that apes a kind of profundity.
Mr. Brooks is on this occasion a propagandist for this collaboration of Brookings and AEI:
So suddenly there is a flurry of working together across ideological lines. Next week, for example, the group Opportunity America, with Brookings and A.E.I., will release a bipartisan agenda called “Work, Skills, Community: Restoring Opportunity for the Working Class.”
‘Reported’ on here, in a near breathless Brooksian enthusiasm!
Written by a wide array of scholars, the report starts with the truth that the working class has been mostly ignored by the rest of society. Government has welfare programs to serve the poor and they have programs like 529 savings accounts to subsidize the rich. But there’s very little for families making, say, $50,000 a year.
The fact that ‘The Welfare State’ has been under unrelenting attack since at least the halcyon days of Reagan , as imagined by ‘Conservatives,‘ and his disciples the Clintons and their Reganite Agenda of ‘The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, is subject to Mr. Brooks’ self-serving political myopia. ‘The Undeserving Poor‘ are of no concern, but the real concern is for families that make $50 thousand a year. Perhaps these ‘families’ are part of his readership?
The ‘Bipartisan Agenda’ is represented by AEI and Brookings: the political center is still dominated by the Neo-Liberal Swindle : Mr. Brooks’ territory. There is no ‘Chastened Establishment‘! Mrs. Clinton has announced that she will run again in 2020, and Pelosi is about to be re-elected as Speaker. This ‘Report’ is an opportunity for Mr. Brooks to expatiate on familiar themes, wreathed in ever-present self-congratulation!