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Volume 8, Number 1

November 1994
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The Disloyal Opposition
Dedicated Follower o/Fashion
- Former Vice President Dan Quayle
seems very stately on the cover of
Standing Firm (Harper Collins, 1994,
402 pp., $25.00). He is wearing a nice,
dark-reddish sweater with a pleasant
pattern. It seems a little big for him, ac-
tually, but that could just be how it
looks in the picture.
Mr. Quayle probably had more to
do with picking out his sweater than
with picking out the words between
the covers of this book, so I think I can
be forgiven for reviewing his clothes
and leaving the text to someone with
more fortitude. -Jesse Walker
ing from such well-known cretins as
John Mitchell and Donald Trump to
less famous figures, such as Christo-
pher Columbus Langdell, the late-
nineteenth-century Harvard Law
School dean whose penchant for "re-
form" led to contemporary law
schools' emphasis on current judicial
opinions rather than classical philo-
sophy.
Ronald. Reagan does not fare well
in this book: the authors consider him
a Keynesian, and denounce him for
raising taxes, particularly social securi-
ty taxes, further hastening the middle
class's demise. Quirk and Bridwell
seem to possess a special disaffection
for Alan Greenspan, pointing out his
odd theory that the S&L bailout does
not cost anything because the govern-
ment is merely moving money from
one group to another. Quirk and Brid-
well are conservatives, but they are far
from Republican loyalists. They note
that if the Democrats' natural constitu-
ency is those in the bottom 15% of the
economic barrel, the Republicans only
truly represent the top 5
%
, leaving 80%
of America politically homeless.
Abandoned covers a broad canvass
without unduly overwhelming the
reader. It only disappoints in the end,
when the authors offer few sugges-
tions beyond holding a second consti-
tutional convention. Quirk and Brid-
well do a more than adequate job of
explaining how the abandonment of
the middle class took place, but they
never explain why the middle class
went along so quietly, nor why they
can be expected to suddenly express
themselves wisely at a constitutional
convention. -Colleen Coleman
Middle Class Since World War II
(Madison Books, 1992, 442 pp., $16.95).
Quirk .and Bridwell divide the "aban-
donment" into distinct areas: the Mon-
ey Abandonment, the Tax Abandon-
ment, the Political Abandonment, the
Legal Abandonment, and the Academ-
ic Abandonment. They provide de-
tailed accounts of the oil shocks, the
S&L fiasco, the budget deal of 1990,
and other key points along the statist
trail. And they offer interesting profiles
of important players in the story, rang-
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