We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Good article. Not mentioned is that we bring in many refugees every year, who usually arrive into the lowest quintile, with poor wages, little or no health insurance, no accumulated resources. Yet in comparison to what they left behind, they are doing better in all three. Also entering the ranks of poverty every year are those who are just starting out, including some who are still students.
Both those groups are indeed poor. But it is usually temporary and they see the end. I do wonder if student debt drives a lot of the anger, as the end of struggling looks much farther down the road.
As for the long-term poor, the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled do often have very little, with less hope of getting out from under. Solving their lives is not usually a tax or macroeconomic problem, though. Plus, I will note that all these attractive young students and twentysomethings who form the core of socialist protest do not show much interest in the MI/DD populations.
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My SO with several college degrees earned since 1996 is likely to be paying student loans into retirement. It has a definite impact. Since they can't be discharged there is no quick even if painful solution to them.