It's part of an entitlement society to expect an easy life. Kids at Columbia and NYU hate the idea of driving a cab for a year until the job market improves and people that don't pay federal income tax demand those that pay millions cough up more dough so benefits, like free cell phones, might become more lavish.
Although many policy wonks were starved for details last week, and will be again this week, political conventions are properly understood as political theater. The big themes coming out of the conventions will provide structure to the remainder of the presidential contest. The policy details should (in theory) fall neatly under those broad themes, giving Americans a clear choice in November.
Head Start, a preschool program for low-income kids has been a spectacular success, not for kids, but for teachers and teachers' unions.
It is something of a truism that whenever the federal government steps in, costs usually rise and efficiency declines. That is especially true when it comes to a college education, which President Obama promised during the 2008 campaign to make more affordable.
All across America, from manufacturing to education and from white-collar careers to professional athletics, the trend is to replace higher-priced employees with lower-priced workers.
Next week the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans (www.horatioalger.org) will celebrate its 65th anniversary. I confess I did not know of its existence until I read their ad in an airline magazine. I am familiar with Horatio Alger, the man, who inspired generations of boys, and later girls, with stories of people overcoming difficult circumstances to succeed, but I was ignorant of the association that carries on his vision.