Democratic congressman Henry Waxman's is attracting some attention with his remark to The Hill newspaper that Jewish voters are trending Republican "quite frankly, for economic reasons. They feel they want to protect their wealth."
Some are troubled that the remark somehow depicts Jewish voters as especially greedy, but what was more striking to me was the apparent concession that the Republicans would do more to protect private wealth in America, and the attendant implication that the Democrats would do more to destroy it. What's next — bumper stickers that say, "Protect Your Wealth — Vote Republican"? In 2008 such a bumper sticker would have been greeted with laughter. It's a dubious tribute to the Obama administration that such an argument is being taken seriously three years later.