The national message is this....If you are not rich, you do not matter.
That is certainly
the message! Even poor people repeat the message despite their own circumstances being pathetic.
How have so many been sold the bill of goods that only the rich are actually people? What are the rest of us? Allergens?
As you say, this is only the tip of the iceburg but at that, it is staggering when one has to think about it.
Is hope the detergent that can clean this up? There is so much that has been destroyed even if one only considers the past seven years--let alone the years leading up to them. We have been going down hill for a very long time now. And people don't give up power easily so I don't see a quick change to something better.
Hope and work, working together I think. We have to all want a better world, a better country, a better life for everyone that has been left out of the 'good times' we are supposed to be going through now. I do believe we have to find community, each other, and care. This business about only caring about yourself is what got us to this mess.