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I completely agree. Only a thorough housecleaning and a widespread change in CW will change the situation sufficiently so as to make this possible. But the Millennials are not buying the 'embarrassed millionaire' bit and a whole lot of the middle class have no hope, and know it, of ever making it to that status. If, together, they can be politically mobilized change is possible.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Sep 28th, 2015 at 09:46:56 AM EST
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They're petrified of attacking the status quo because they think they still have something to gain from it.  That's the current version of "temporarily embarrassed millionaires."
by rifek on Mon Sep 28th, 2015 at 10:48:35 PM EST
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My son is late Gen-X and a large number of his friends are very sour on today's society.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Sep 29th, 2015 at 12:47:13 AM EST
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Sounds just like my crew.  Fortunately, they still listen to Daddy on some things, and I've told them for years, "The old rules are still being enforced, but following them gets you nothing but the shaft.  A large part of your lives will be a covert op.
by rifek on Tue Sep 29th, 2015 at 04:03:29 PM EST
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Yeah, when working full time doesn't even cover expenses for over half of the population - working informally for cash in your 'spare time', evenings and weekends, if you have them, becomes a lifeline. $15/hr minimum wages will help those on the lowest rungs - where and when it becomes available. And it will help the overall economy by creating greater demand. But few 'salaried' employees can now expect to be able to pay for non-covered medical, dental, optical, etc. expenses and you had better have two 'good' incomes in the family in order to buy a house and send your kids to even a local college, where they can attend and live at home. It ain't the '60s or even the '80s anymore.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Sep 29th, 2015 at 04:50:06 PM EST
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