Hardly a day passes where there isn’t another story about crumbling infrastructure, failing schools, dismal progress, and people suffering declining lives and accompanying illness and despair deaths. These individual stories need put into a shared context: SOMETHING ISN’T RIGHT.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) April 5, 2019
While there is a tendency in mainstream American culture to focus on the positive and assume the future will be better than the present, Mr. Sexton reminds us of a different view—one that chides the political class for their lack of progress on a number of issues that are of vital importance to the common people. The political left will likely respond to such grievances with calls to increase federal spending and, perhaps, to overhaul the healthcare and education systems. Conservatives, for their part, may downplay these issues, stress personal responsibility, or seek solutions in the private sector.
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