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How taxing the rich hurts all of us
Forty-five years ago, I bought a set of electric curlers. They were made in America by Americans. They seemed expensive at that time. As it turned out, I was wrong about the price. After thousands of uses, they turned out to be a superb bargain — and then they died. As I tossed the old rollers into the trash bin, I felt like saying a eulogy to a bygone era when everyone could find a decent job, even if it were a boring, repetitive job on an assembly line, wiring a set of hair curlers for a young teenager. At least those factory jobs kept the rent paid and food on the table, and there was a reasonable expectation of health insurance. Many high school graduates got their first job at one of these factories, and they stayed there until the factory was sold to an overseas interest.
By E Dee Monnen
December 11, 2012