You Can’t Paper Over . . .

. . . class warfare with the stentorian pages of the New York Times editorial pages. This morning Brooks & Cohen are extolling the virtues of British Tory austerity. Since Paul Ryan turned out to be not quite so serious-minded & mature as Brooks thought a couple of weeks ago, it now looks as if the American working classes are supposed to accept the gutting of "entitlements" because it is so very British. Stiff upper lip & all that.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.