Double-Talk: About Class

With all the attention to Bill Clinton's sex life, few have noticed a far more serious transgression on the part of the candidates. They are tossing around the word class, as in middle class, in total defiance of the venerable cliche: class is America's "dirty little secret," anything really dirty being, in our culture, not exactly a secret. But here they are, blithely breaking our 200-year-old taboo on the mention of class and using "middle class" as a modifier for dozens of terms like tax cuts, values and even revolution.

Perhaps they mean no harm. After all, if they really wanted...

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