Class Struggle and Capitalism Gone Wild. In 2016 America, the middle class and the working poor find their tenuous grasp on economic solvency slipping because of rising costs in education, in health care, in housing and in the bare necessities of life, as well as the decrease in living-wage employment. One of the most unsettling statistics: currently there are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The top 1% of wealthy Americans control 40% of the USA’s wealth. They also have the least personal debt and enjoy the most tax breaks. In 2016, there is no denying that in the wealthiest nation on earth, there exists across our society an enormous struggle affecting not only the working poor but also the middle class. This issue is being addressed by some of our presidential candidates; what are you thinking about it?
Perhaps you've had some personal experience with an aspect of this topic. Many of us have had to find a new job or have watched our home decrease in value. College tuition goes up; earnings and employment for young people go down. Read the description of the topic carefully, and then search online for a news article that fits some aspect of the topic that interests you.
Did you learn something in your article that you want to write about this week? Explain what you've learned about this issue and why you think it's important. As always, your perspective should be personal. Your tone may be more serious this week than it was when you were writing about Anne Lamott's chapters. Think about that.
And write an essay of at least four paragraphs: 1. a short introduction, using the title of your article, author if there is one, and the publication it's from; 2. and 3. two body paragraphs, about what was in the story and why you think it's important; and 4. a conclusion.
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