Quote of the Day

What I confirmed during my couple months as an undercover candidate for US Congress is what the data clearly tells us and more importantly what the hard working families of my Kentucky 2nd US Congressional District have been telling me: We have an economy in which people and our families have become expendable. We no longer have an economy that rewards hard work or playing by the rules. We are increasingly becoming a nation of declining fortunes for the majority and a nation in which the American dream is increasingly beyond reach and social mobility is one direction—down—for a growing majority.

...The ever-widening disparity in America is unethical, disrespectful to working men and women, dishonorable, and completely lacking in integrity—and is absolutely unsustainable. If America is to maintain our position in the world, we need leaders not looters.
—Ron Leach, Democratic candidate for Kentucky's 2nd Congressional district, who spent the last few months working as an air handler for UPS in Louisville, Kentucky, where he found he "could not have survived the past couple months at the 'entry level' of America's economy in which an increasing majority find themselves trapped."

I encourage you to read his entire account, in which he documents his experience and notes how some of his privileges (like already owning appropriate work boots from his time in the military, and having healthcare coverage) made things easier for him than for the average person.

[H/T to my friend Ben.]

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