This is not for anyone that wants to be cheerful today or for the kind of person that turns a blind eye.
But, for all you manic-depressives, the following article (once again in the Guardian) is just what you need. I read Nickel and Dimed when it came out years ago and was appalled. According to its author, things have gotten worse in the United States.
Once again, I risk being labeled “a goddam communist”, but am merely trying to point out the glaringly obvious. I do not want to overthrow the government; I simply do not want the ruling elite to destroy the country. And, I do have a bit of empathy. Which, by the way, is not a trait found in the wealthy, as revealed in a recent study. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2024680/Why-rich-selfish-empathetic-altruistic-lot.html
The battle to widen the gulf between rich and poor and destroy The United States of America (as foreseen by the Founding Fathers and encapsulated in the American Dream) continues to rage.
Have you noticed how certain highly paid newsreaders and commentators--who "work" one hour a day reading words written by someone else from a teleprompter, while receiving instructions through an earpiece--criticize teachers for earning too much and only working nines months per year? Their writers have even managed to put words in their mouths comparing average teacher salaries to the average wage of all workers. They don't mention that the average wage has fallen, as workers migrate from good-paying industry jobs to serving hamburgers, tacos, and coffee (managed by the same folks that are going after teachers). I guess Americans want to have their children taught by teachers earning minimum wage. That's the way it's headed.
Opinion: There are good teachers, and there are mediocre teachers. There are hard workers, and there lazy ones. There are conscientious ones and just-get-by one. But you will find such a mix in any field and in any organization. Teachers must show up for work each day in deteriorating classrooms and face unruly students, who are rarely taught manners or discipline at home.
It's amazing to what ends greedy people will go to avoid paying a bit of tax for adequate services. I guess that these shameless people do not care, because the money saved on taxes can be spent on private schools.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.