Hi, I’m still David Brooks. Recently, I showed you how it was okay for very smart people like me to dabble in smoking pot for a while, but the rest of you just don’t have the moral ecology to handle it. You’re welcome. Now, as I sit here in my four million dollar mansion contemplating more higher truths, it occurs to me that you need to understand, if you can, that when companies turned from a stakeholder to a shareholder value system and the minimum wage was highly reduced, there was no effect on de-industrialization, high school dropout rates, divorce, joblessness, or falling paychecks. You see, economic inequality has nothing to do with what corporations and Wall Street do–it’s the result of single mothers. As a divorced man, I should know. It’s also not the case that people drop out of high school because they don’t see a good future for themselves–no, silly people, people drop out of high school and then make their future worse. It’s a simple point for smart people like me who read a little bit of research so that I can do the thinking for you, but no need to thank me this time–just knowing that I’ve stopped you from questioning inequality is thanks enough.
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