McClatchy reports that Americans are as glum as ever about their prospects for getting ahead in the world, due in no small part to the increasing attention by politicians and the mainstream media on income/wealth inequality, the recent prosperity of the one percent, and the consensus view that the outlook is dim for the middle class.
Eight out of 10 Americans think it’s harder now than before, taking more effort to get ahead than it did for previous generations. Just 15 percent think it takes the same work as it did before, and a scant 5 percent think it’s easier now.
And Americans don’t think it will get better soon, with 78 percent thinking it also will be harder for the next generation to get ahead.
The findings underscore the landscape at a time when the economy and the country are being fundamentally changed by waves of globalization and new technology, and as Americans struggle to see a better path forward and their politicians grapple over how to help.
At this point, you’d think that things might improve maybe just a little bit if everyone stopped talking about this so much and stopped making so many people feel so lousy.