Chris Erskine
A few thoughts, Mr. President, from a fed-up middle-class member

Pardon my impertinence, Mr. President. But I have a few thoughts on the current state of the union. There is always, it seems, a veneer that stands between the way you presidents see things and the way we actually live. You live in a mansion. We don't. You'll get a pension. Most of us no longer do. When you leave the White House, you'll get a big book deal that will set you up for life. We haven't had a raise since 1980. For our entire lives, we will be worrying whether the rent check cleared. Sure, we like the way things are going — better gas prices, more jobs — but for the most part, your policies seem incremental, not bold. Parents continue to...