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By Nan Mooney

Drawing on greater than 100 interviews with humans all throughout the US, (Not) maintaining with Our mom and dad explores how stagnant wages, debt, and escalating bills for university, future health care, and residential possession are jeopardizing the funds and futures of today’s informed center classification. regardless of this sobering fact, Nan Mooney bargains concrete principles on how we will arrest this downward spiral.

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Emphasis turned toward the market economy and away from community values and concerns, including public health, public schools and libraries, and public roads and transportation. Ozzie and Harriet were long gone, replaced by the hedonistic extremes of the oil-rich Ewings of Dallas and the oil-rich Carringtons of Dynasty. The needs of middle-class Americans, once celebrated as the heartbeat of the country, were cast aside. From the New Deal to the New Economy Reaganomics was fantastic for a few people, but devastating to the many.

Instead of occupying different time, work just occupied more time, extending to fill every spare corner of our lives. With the onset of the Internet, cell phones, and smaller and smaller PCs, we entered an era where it was quite possible to be working at any moment and from any location, reawakening that puritanical scorn of wasted time. 25 Even if the professional middle class began to suspect they were getting a raw deal, few had the time or the energy to object. The New Economy left its psychological scars as well.

That’s the bill I resent the most,” asserts Charles, who was raised in England and France, both countries where governments heavily subsidize postsecondary schooling. “The student loans are crippling. ” Charles’s marble-blue eyes, mellow good looks, and trace of a European accent seem well-suited to his first career, in the music industry, but when he was laid off from that job in his midtwenties he decided to pursue a more socially significant profession that would combine his interests in teaching, medicine, and psychotherapy.

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