Written during the 2012 presidential election season, I sought to recount some of the significant social and economic changes I've seen in America during my long lifetime, and why I stand as I do on the "more government/less government" divide that characterizes American politics. In a section titled "Six ways things went bad," I provide a fact-filled summary of the economic policies and global forces that brought economic ruin for millions of Americans in the early 2000s. Seeing a dysfunctional divide in American governance caused by political ideologues. I tell why I see hope for better governance resting with those under age 50, if they get involved and make their votes count.

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