Sunday, February 25, 2007
The Dallas Morning News picks up The Nation on its Op-Ed pages. This I am sure was chosen to balance out the Dallas Op-Ed Sunday pages with its counter-weight being a Weekly Standard look at the changes in GOP front runners.
An intriguing issue and one that has been debated in liberal policy magazines for the last few years. Populism doesn't have the ringing endorsement of the professional middle-class yet but with out-sourcing becoming a bigger and bigger issue that is starting to change. Populism was the winning issue for some high-profile Democrats in the West and South in 2006. Part of the appeal is that Democrats can be tough and be for something and on the attack instead of running as a technocrat with 12-point programs to tweak policy issues.
I found it a little amusing but troubling to hear a friend of mine who works for a NASA subcontractor and is a solid Republican saying that the unionized industries of America should go bankrupt as it was only the lean nimble companies that outsourced all the jobs overseas that should survive. The NASA subcontractors are anything but lean and nimble and are full of over-paid managing engineers like my friend. These white color jobs and government related jobs are the coming trend in outsourcing. Will he feel still the same way when an Indian or Chinese engineer is assigned his projects for one fifth his salary?
I think populism is generally the way to go and that is why I support John Edwards for President. Edwards also has a natural charisma that highly successful politicians seem to have. I think in 2007 he might start to be seen as a more rugged Kennedy and his Two Americas populist campaign, which has been named One Corps, is only becoming more relevant. I am not locked in to John Edwards as we have a strong group of Democrats running this year. Interesting that the most conservative one is Hillary.