For many, the holidays bring mixed feelings. The formerly solid middle class will continue to go to food banks offering free groceries. The lower class is fairing much worse as poverty knows no holidays. The main currency many Americans have this holiday season is hope for change.
Marriage, graduation, and working are all great goals shared by many across the political spectrum. But this view scrambles together the data on good outcomes with the idea that gumption can move anyone into a higher-income cohort.
"Clash warfare" may appeal to a minority, but it does nothing to respond to the economic and social concerns of the majority of Americans. For them, class warfare is not the issue -- fairness and opportunity are.
What a bummer to discover that this great national mythology that's sustained us for so many generations may no longer be true. A spate of recent studies suggests that Americans are no longer upwardly mobile.
The aluminumadores in my neighborhood at least try to maintain some kind of dignity in spite of their humiliating circumstances. Contrast that with what I witnessed at the upscale party, where a wealthy man groveled and whined just to get his friends inside.