The New York Times published an article today under that title. It reported that for the first time in generations life spans are contracting for some Americans. The “some Americans” here, according to mortality data, are less well-educated whites who now can expect to live shorter lives than their parents’ – four years shorter.
Gee, you think this has anything to do with the increasing divide between rich and poor?
Nah, we don’t need to worry about those freeloaders. Let’s keep cutting back on wasteful education spending. Healthcare – who needs it? Food? Heck, Edwardians survived rickets, why shouldn’t our ‘pull ourselves up by our bootstraps’ U.S. citizenry? Don’t have boots? Who needs ya? Steal a loaf of bread Mr. Valjean? We’ve got privately run prisons for the likes of you.
What a wonderful trend for America. We must be so very proud.