Thirty years and more now of unrefuted boosterism for trickle-down economics has resulted in a thoroughly debased notion of the American Dream.
The dream for the hard-working, underpaid masses now isn't a decent house near a good school, or a nice vacation every year, or a reliable car, a comfortable retirement, or a college education for the kids, and it's definitely not a good job at halfway decent money that would pay for those things.
The dream now is of more low prices at Wal-mart.
Who cares what shitty hours you have to work or that after taxes you're barely making minimum wage? Who cares that you have no health care, no pension, no family leave? Who cares that you'll get fired if you take a day off to stay home with a sick child or parent? Who cares if your job disappears in a year because the corporation you work for decided someone in India can do it better---by which the corporate bean counters mean only cheaper---than you?
What matters is that you were able to buy that DVD player for forty bucks and by the way did you see the price this week on the Head and Shoulders shampoo?
Nicholas Kristoff explains it all for you, how you should be glad you're competing with dollar a day workers in Asian sweatshops, because your fear and your desperation and your constant fretting and worrying about money is what allows you to buy all that cheap soap.
Hat-tip to Make Them Accountable.