There’s a vast disconnect between what we are now and what this country used to be. I know that makes me sound like an old man — and perhaps I am — but it’s true. The U.S. used to have a social compact that if you worked hard your whole life, you could build a decent savings, buy a house, and retire with a great pension and health care. Your kids could go to school and then get a great job, and you didn’t have to worry about them living with you forever for lack of decent jobs. Here’s Robert Reich with some hints about how that came to be.