January 10, 2020
This New York Times op-ed piece, written by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, should be mandatory reading for anyone who cares about the vast disparity in wealth in this country, and about the drug epidemic that has accompanied the hollowing-out of the working class.
I won’t summarize it for you (seriously; it’s worth the few minutes you’ll spend reading), but a few disturbing figures in particular resonated with me. To wit:
– Suicides are at their highest rate since World War II
– One child in seven is living with a parent suffering from substance abuse
– A baby is born every 15 minutes after prenatal exposure to opioids
– If the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25, had kept up with inflation and productivity since 1968, it would now be $22 an hour.
I don’t necessarily have the solutions, but I know what the problems are.