Yesterday, Katherine Kersten - Katie to you, boys and girls - offered a vicarious rebuttal to Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed. She tells the stirring story of Adam Shepard who, according to Katie, proved Ehrenriech wrong when she said:
Her dire conclusion: America condemns its unskilled workers to a life of poverty and hopelessness.
Shepard, young, healthy and unmarried, without kids and possessing a strong back, proved the American Dream was alive, alive she tells you!
Did he become a professional or part of management somewhere, Spot?
Anyway, Spot challenges Katie to put her money where her mouth is. She can go undercover as the recently widowed or divorced 50-ish spouse of a small business owner who has had some reversals over the last few years and spent their savings and cashed in the life insurance: all the money is gone. You can't say, of course, that you have any education beyond high school.
Spend six months, Katie. Spot will even stake you to a bus ticket anywhere in the continental 48; hell, he'll send you to Mexico, if you want.