This is another contentious issue....Sorry, but it is difficult to not become angry.
I noticed in watching a recent episode of the Daily Show (the only trustworthy voice in news), that the Republican Party/Fox News (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party) have a new talking point. If I had any inkling that these people understood irony, I would find it amusing. It is not; it's evil. There is no irony in millionaire polliticians and pundits complaining about people that earn $50,000: people that teach, nurse, put out fires, and keep them safe.
Unbelievably, these evil jerks have started to talk about "class warfare".
If there is even such a thing (yet), guess who caused it? Of course, the Democratic Party has been compliant in shifting the tax burden away from the wealthy. Together, both parties have permitted US companies to shift production overseas and to put workers on the street. Now, these same folks want to impoverish teachers, policemen, health-care workers, and fireman, while leaving the wealthy even more money to not "trickle down".
Oh, by the way, guess what will be in short supply in the near future? Yup, teachers. What young person will want to follow that career path, after seeing how well teachers are respected and remunerated. Factory jobs can be shifted overseas, but children must be educated locally. The myth of the highly trained, well-educated American workforce will go the way of so many other features of the American Dream.
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.