Thanks for printing Richard Goodwin's column about the growing apart of rich and poor classes in America as symbolized--even dramatized unwittingly--by the recent Statue of Liberty extravaganza.
A few decades ago many observers of the social scene were happily telling us of the narrowing gap between rich and poor in our nation, of a widening middle class. What happened? What caused this reversal and what are its implications?
The only explanation I can offer to the first part of this question is a personal perception: There has been a change in the mental atmosphere of a large portion of the population. To put it bluntly, selfishness has, to a considerable extent, crowded out a concern for the welfare of others less fortunate.
We are moving in a wrong and dangerous direction, which, if carried far enough, could produce social instability and erosion of our nation's greatness.