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They have brazenly betrayed their class

You probably know from his weepy reminiscences that the speaker of the House in the United States, John Boehner, once worked as a bartender and a janitor, and took seven years to get out of college. Maybe you've heard that Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is a preacher's son who churned out burgers and fries at McDonald's. And you had to catch that bit from Senator Joni Ernst about putting bread bags over her shoes while growing up kind of poor in rural Iowa.

People from humble beginnings often carry an extra load of empathy through the success of their later lives, a sense that, with a few bad breaks, things could have gone the other way.

In the case of the three Republican leaders cited above, and most of those who aspire to be the GOP presidential nominee next year, these Horatio Algerians for the new Gilded Age are working to...

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