Before we had children, my husband and I argued about emigrating to Canada.
I did not want to raise my children in the U.S. in the 1980s because I did not like our military industrial culture.
That was before the mass shootings and outrageously expensive health care came on the scene.
Even though my husband agreed with my concerns he preferred to remain in the U.S. and work to make it better.
I like to think that during his lifetime we did make a small part of our world better for others and ourselves.
Canadian middle class
Older and probably no wiser, I am more convinced that we should have emigrated long ago.
The bottom line: When it comes to improving the lives of the middle class, other rich countries have been doing a better job than the United States. Justin Fox, Bloomberg
As an American I live in a time and place where no one is safe from being murdered in a random shooting.
I live in a country where only the ultra rich can sleep at night knowing that a serious illness will not wipe out their savings.
Drinking the kool aid
Americans were sold a bill of goods as to the “American way of life”.
The trickle down theory sounds nice but doesn’t play out for many Americans working for “the man”.
Education has long been a way out of poverty for Americans. It was a way “to pull yourself up by the bootstraps”.
The irony is that many poor students are barred from attending classes because our public transportation system is so poor.
So, yes, we can teach a man to fish if we can first get him to the fishing hole.
The same holds true for online classes…you have to own or have access to a computer and the Internet.
Of course, for any kind of education there is the question of money for tuition, books, lab fees, etc.
I could go on and on…
The bottom line is that we have work to do in this country for all Americans.
Call me naive, but I believe ordinary Americans can and do make a difference.
There is both need and opportunity everywhere.