Is Drum actually a progressive?
His discussion of pension benefits smacks of both elitism and imbecility. Here's a message to Kevin from the middle of the country.
It costs a fuck load more to live in New York than to live in Des Moines or even suburbia. There should be somebody at the Washington Monthly that understands this, what with the wonkery you so love there and all. Those transportation workers, work a fuck load harder than you (or I) do; they usually have shorter lives, and getting half of their salary at retirement at 55 is no miracle boon. And even if it was, bully the fuck for them. But the bottom line is -- it is not.
Intellectually "Poor and Stupid" indeed.