Wednesday, December 17, 2008

This Plutocracy and Nepotism stinks to everybody

It's a good sign for small-d democrats that more and more people are voicing their concern over the rampant nepotism and plutocracy in American politics. Whatever happened to skill and merit? Look for more posts on this issue in weeks to come.

Nicholas Kristof takes account of the scene in these words:
And frankly it is discouraging to see the way the system so often elevates particular families into politics, generation after generation, because of their names, bank accounts and Rolodexes. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are self-made exceptions, but we now have a president who rose in part because of who his father was, and there are many such cases. After all, Beau Biden seems poised to succeed Joe Biden in the senate from Delaware, once his military service is completed. Ken Salazar’s senate seat from Colorado may be filled by his brother John. And here in New York State, we have a governor who is a second-generation politician who is choosing a senator from among such front-runners as a woman who is the daughter of a former president and a man who is the son of a former governor.
Here's a Letter to the Editor worth noting from a reader of the NYT on the subject:

To the Editor:

It is amusing that Andrew M. Cuomo, who owes his whole career to his dad, may not get the Senate seat of Hillary Rodham Clinton (who owes her whole career to her husband) because David A. Paterson (who owes his whole career to his dad) may give it to Caroline Kennedy (who owes her whole career to her dad).

You would think a state as large as New York could find someone who deserves something on his or her own.

David Machlowitz
Westfield, N.J., Dec. 16, 2008

1 comment:

xtra said...

I couldn't agree more. The sense of entitlement is amazing.