We all know that the days of affordable healthcare are long gone. In 2014 US healthcare spending has reached $3 trillion and for me this used to be an abstract figure to be pondered upon while I was reading morning papers. My recent encounter with laboratory bills for the tests that my doctor and my son's doctor ordered showed me how real these cost really were.
Labor Day is no picnic for millions of Americans who have never had a shot at a good job, or a meaningful chance at success. For far too many Americans, the dignity of work remains out of reach. Chronic opportunity gaps -- all too frequently concentrated in communities of color -- trap too many people in cycles of poverty and violence.
The fact remains that our three decade experiment with trickle-down caused the financial crash and Great Recession by deregulating financial markets and driving the deep indebtedness of the middle class, pushing an already weakened middle class to the brink. Enter Trump, seizing the terrain that trickle-down created.