Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr., who served separate, decade-long epochs as mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, each punctuated by a felony conviction, died last week at 74. He lorded over only twenty square miles, but across America political junkies smiled and shook their heads at the news. "F---ing Buddy."
In the 20th century, we built a strong and thriving middle class that was based on a simple premise -- if you worked hard and played by the rules, you could afford to provide for your family, own a home, send your kids to college, and maybe even put a little away for retirement. It's time that we renew that promise.