Having lived in the United States for almost thirty years, I am always amazed that Americans persist in believing that this is a land of unparalleled opportunity and social mobility. A bit suspect to begin with, the Horatio Alger story has been transformed, over the decades, into a chronic mental block. To well-educated youngsters from affluent backgrounds who know how to work the system, and even to well-educated immigrants such as myself, this is indeed a land of great opportunity. But for all too many working-class Americans—and a lot of them aren’t members of minority groups—U.S. society is less of a launchpad than a glue trap. With their feet stuck to the ground, they have little prospect of ascending very far.
‘Fifty-four schools closed in Chicago (88% black), 23 closed in Philadelphia (81% black), 26 in New York (60% black). What’s the difference between the Democrats and Republicans again, I forgot?’
Hundreds of teachers and school staff are being laid off in two of the largest cities in the country—both run by Democrats. In Chicago and Philadelphia, a total of 4,633 people, including many teachers, will lose their jobs. Both cities, run by Democrats, claim they are closing schools because they need the money. Yet near both cities, money for prisons is somehow found.
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