In his Oct. 10 op-ed, “Don’t ignore our distressed regions,” Lawrence H. Summers lamented that “U.S. citizens no longer share a common lived experience.” When have we ever had such a common experience? Entitled white males, yes, but everyone else much less so.
No wonder populist notions have so much traction and elites are scorned. I am sick of this mind-set that we have lost something. The United States has yet to achieve any sense of common opportunity or wealth. Basic demographics and statistics underscore this. I suggest that rust belts become university belts. Try investing in people. Stop acting like there is a savior tax break that will fix this when the biggest fix is, like it or not, educated human capital.
Victoria Brombacher, Vienna