There Is A Country That Solved A Lot Of Things: Jobs, Education, A Growing Middle Class. Which One?

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.

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Vauhxx Booker, a civil rights activist from Bloomington, Indiana, claims that a group of white men threatened to lynch him during an altercation on July 4 near Lake Monroe, but he was saved by onlookers who intervened.

Video taken during the incident shows he was held down by a group of men who pinned him to a tree in a wooded area. Booker says that while he was being held down, the men threatened to break his arms, repeatedly said "get a noose," and told his friends to leave the area.

The men later let him go after being confronted by onlookers who gathered at the scene.

The incident began, according to Booker, when he and his friends were making their way to the lake to see the lunar eclipse when a white man on an ATV told them they were trespassing. When Booker and his friends continued to walk to the lake, the man on the ATV and his friends allegedly shouted "white power" at them, which is when things turned violent.

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