Nanny State: A Path to Downward Mobility

13 October 2009

A Path to Downward Mobility

By Robert Samuelson

WASHINGTON -- Every generation of Americans should live better than its predecessor. That's Americans' core definition of economic "progress." But for today's young, it may be a mirage. Higher health spending, increasing energy prices and stretched governments at all levels may squeeze future disposable incomes -- what people have to spend -- and public services. Are we condemning our children to downward mobility?

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