So, last week, from Florida Senator Phil Gramm complained that America is a nation of whiners. McCain ran away as fast as he could, the usual fare ensued, etc.
This morning in the Express (right next to the Sodoku) was the daily comment board, where readers respond to a question. (You can read the print version in PDF here.) The question was, of course, Are we a nation of whiners? 65% said yes.
The two comments posted from Yes voters were, paraphrased: we love blaming other people for things, just look at how ligitious we are; and the kids who get everything love to whine about the one thing they don't have.
What these commenters fail to recognize is that the people who are doing the most "whining" about the economy are the people who can't afford a lawyer and who are "complaining" about not just the one thing they don't get, but the many, vital, things they don't get, like health care, transportation, and food.
People who think this way demonstrate a pretty deep privilege. Look, after all, at all the people saying the severe downturn in our economy is "no big deal". How many of them are choosing between gas and prescription medication?
Let's not pretend everyone's just having a rough day. The economic concerns of this country--especially for the middle and working classes--are deep and worrisome. Let's not pretend otherwise.