The betrayal of the American Dream
Commentary and opinion, op-ed from the pages of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.
On his last day on the job, Kevin Flanagan, after clearing out a few personal effects and putting them in boxes in the back of his Ford Ranger, left the building where he'd worked for seven years.
He settled into the front seat of his pickup truck on the lower level of the company garage, placed a twelve-gauge Remington shotgun to his head, and pulled the trigger. He was forty-one years old.
He was a computer programmer. He'd been a programmer his entire working life. Until, that is, his job was shipped overseas.
Find location and times for Barlett and Steele's book tour.
Read a chat with Don Barlett about the book.
In the spring of 2012 The Inquirer published the series "Struggling for Work: Broken Dreams of a New Generation."
In “Struggling for Work” The Inquirer goes behind the unemployment rates and high college debt to describe the struggles young people are facing and detail what needs changing to help them.
To create this series, reporters interviewed more than 280 people — including millennials and their parents — and analyzed government data.
About This Project
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele are back with a new book, The Betrayal of the American Dream.
Untold numbers of Americans have been relegated to the economic scrap heap since their landmark Inquirer series and book America: What Went Wrong? were published in the early 1990's.
In four excerpts running Sundays starting July 29, they explore the impact of policies that are crippling the middle class including the outsourcing of jobs, the loss of retirement benefits and what the country needs to do to solve its problems.
Twitter: Follow the project at @AmericaWWW.