Full disclosure: My daughter is a senior at St. Mary's Academy, and my wife's ties to the school date back to the Carter administration. So I have taken more than a passing interest in the events of the past week as a figurative firestorm has engulfed the all-girls high school in downtown Portland.
It has been said, by people likely smarter than myself, that inside every adult lurks a commencement speaker dying to get out. While this insight is prescient for all, it is particularly relevant for those looking for a cheap topic for a newspaper column during graduation season.
Let's start with this premise: "Income inequality" is one of the more absurd catchphrases of modern discourse. We'll lump it with "The Great Recession" and "awfully good" as items that fall into the category of oxymoronic/nonsensical/overused tools of rhetoric.
At the risk of revealing more than I should about the enormous financial windfall that comes with being a journalist, I'll let you in on a secret -- a proposed capital-gains tax in Washington would not apply to me.