Not much, Kamenetz argues, and the trend looks even worse for those who don't attend college. 'In 1970,â?� she writes, 'high school graduates entered the world of GM and $17.50 an hourâ?� in today's dollars. Now Wal-Mart is the nation's largest employer, and their average wage is $8 an hour. Many of those workers don't get health care or can't afford it. And as Kamenetz points out, women still earn 78 cents for every dollar their male counterparts take home. Compiling statistics like these, Kamenetz reveals how American society has undergone a radical 'risk shiftâ?� over the past decades, from the old to the young and from companies to individuals. As a result, young people are now often responsible for their own health care, their own retirement funds and, in all likelihood, the health care bills of their aging parents, too.
Kamenetz is right to find this alarming. She even has some good suggestions about how to address the problems she raises. But the one thing Kamenetz can't do ' even through this thoughtful and rigorous book ' is force her comrades to do something that might actually make politicians listen: Vote.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.