10/23/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Women and Children Last

It used to be, when a ship was sinking, that men stayed behind until the lifeboats were filled with kids and the "weaker" sex --- thus the cry "women and children first."

In the banking crisis, Wall Streeters and the politicians they own have reversed that order. Bankers come first.

Women and children --- that is, our women and children --- don't seem to matter at all.

But don't worry.

When the rich are restored to their proper place, they'll send the boats back. They'll need women to work in the kitchens of their country estates. As for your little Emily, she'll look great in an apron bringing afternoon tea to the missus. And you, sir? Well, do you have experience as a gardener?

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