Why did parenting change from preparing our kids for life to protecting them from life, which means they're not prepared to live life on their own? And why do these problems I'm writing about seem rooted in the middle and upper middle classes?
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.
"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.
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.
No need to hunt down the most distinctive artisanal cheese: Your new gastronomic thrill will be finding pork at 49 cents a pound. Agonizing over whether to get divorced? Don't bother, you can't afford it.