“American Winter”

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For countless middle-class families who have experienced job loss or an unexpected financial setback, the American dream has become an American nightmare.

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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One comment

  1. There is a huge problem that no politician will talk about: We just don’t need labor like we used to.

    So much of what it takes to maintain a middle class life style is produced by fewer and fewer people. I was told by an economist that only 15% of the people in society make 100% of the stuff. This includes food, housing clothing all of it. This means that 85% of us are either unemployed or in the service sector.

    How many hair-cut’s, counseling appointments and doctors visits does the economy need? Not enough to employ 85% of the population that’s for sure.

    And I recently saw a headline that said HALF of all current jobs can be done more cheaply by computers RIGHT NOW.

    Who is going to buy the products of capitalism?

    A new system will emerge over the next generation or two. It will not be a painless process.

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