Cracked.com (which has started to list decidedly to port) has a pretty good article on how Hollywood misrepresents poor folks. Basically, Hollywood has no concept of the money problems faced by real lower income people. In TV and movies, they live the same consequence free lifestyles as the moneyed Hollywood elite; never fretting about a car repair, a reckless expenditure, or a sudden need to travel.
Our political elite is equally as ignorant of how people in the lower three-fifths of the income quintiles live.
Take Jeb Bush for example. (But this is just as true of Hillary, Biden, Obama, or most any other name-brand politician.) Do you think he has ever had to sweat losing his job because his car broke down and he didn’t have the money to fix it? Do you ever think he was kept at night worrying how he was going to make the mortgage payment *and* pay for his kid’s orthodonture? Do you think any of them has ever seen the discount rack at Kohl’s? (Scott Walker has.) Do you think he’s ever saved money at Food Lion (or as we call it, Nom Kitteh) by buying meat with the orange sticker on it? Or even been inside a Nom Kitteh for that matter?
All the Bushes are Patricians, Gentry with the same view of the American middle class and working class as their openly Progressive Democrat counterparts. They see us as peasants and customers for Government. “Kinder Gentler Gentler Nation” (Bush 41) “Compassionate Conservatism” (Bush 43) “Right to Rise” (Bush Wannabe) are all the same damn thing; lipstick slogans on the pig of Progressive, Big Government, Rockefeller Republicanism.
It’s why they make no distinction between Americans and illegal immigrants; alike, we are all the peasant class to be ruled over. No one in the Bush family is ever going to lose out on a job because an immigrant will work cheaper; nor are they going to miss out on an educational opportunity because Affirmative Action will favor immigrants, illegal and otherwise. Policies that beggar the working classes only mean more dividends in their portfolios.
And, Ra forbid, Bush somehow manages to become President, he’s only going to surround himself with other clueless 1%er elitists. While I am sure the guy means well, like the rest of the political class, he is so detached and insulated from the consequences of his policy choices that he cannot help but be indifferent to damage he causes.