Letters to the Boston editor, July 22, 2011
I noticed a very interesting paragraph in your July 15 editorial, "Defining Deviancy": "What is paradoxical, in the United States as well as in Great Britain, is that [Rupert] Murdoch's operations are, for the most part, down-market, aimed at the lower rungs of wage earners, while the political positions expoused by his papers tend toward economic royalism, favoring big business and big corporations."
It caught my eye because I've been thinking about that topic. It's not local to the Murdoch or the Koch operations. I call it the "Republican Straddle," and I think it reflects something central of these times.
The Republicans rely upon a large voter base of people who seem to take creationism and the Rapture as established and unquestioned facts. But they apparently speak only for those of us whose lives and careers all exist above the 90th percentile line, and when they do that, they ignore economics. Remember how David Stockman got treated when he pointed out the consequences of economic policy made in Ronald Reagan's time? I think this Republican Straddle is remarkable, not least because it's so obvious yet ignored.
Here's a timely and active topic for you to publish about and I think you have writers who can do it well. It's a topic that urgently needs public opening and discussion.
Martha Howard Adams
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