"We've got to get away from this idea of economic class warfare that gets thrown into this discussion over and over again by the Democrats," said Republican Representative Bill Archer, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, on pbs's MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour the other day. "I'm really sad that they continue to go back trying to divide America."

Whenever a Democrat points out that some Republican policy would help the rich or hurt the poor, a Republican invariably replies that the Democrat is practicing "class warfare." The label has been applied lately to Democratic critiques of some of the policies in...

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