Reversal of Fortune

Is class warfare a bad thing? In prime time, maybe not

Colleen Hayes / ABC

Television Two Broke Girls

When President Obama announced a jobs program in September that relied on taxing the rich, Speaker of the House John Boehner responded from the reflex sector of the Republican brain stem: "Class warfare isn't leadership." A few weeks later, the Occupy Wall Street protests against wealth concentration grew, and GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's synapses fired: "Class warfare."

It's the familiar chorus to an old song. But after the 2008 meltdown and the TARP bailouts, after Wall Street bonuses rebounded while mortgages stayed underwater, do Americans still hear class warfare as if it's a bad thing? Judging by the fall TV...

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