What's the Matter With Kansas? . It didn't answer all my questions, or resonate with my personal experience of the working class. Then I became acquainted with Joe Bageant through his blog. Joe Bageant died this year, but the articles on his blog survive, and I am currently tearing through one of his books: Deer Hunting With Jesus . This book explains it in a way I can understand, and that means something to me. I recommend it.; I wish every liberal would read it.
The pictures don't have anything to do with the book, but everything to do with the issues of class war that the book addresses. These were taken in the bus terminal at Boston's South Station. Public transportation is one of those things that the congress does not like to address in any serious way. I think it's seen as a poor people's issue and is therefore of no interest to the rich and powerful. It's probably more than that - low wage people who have access to good public transportation don't have to buy cars (on credit) or gasoline, for one thing.
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