Re "What happened to America's great middle class?" (Editorial, Oct. 21): Robert Reich suggests government can restore the middle class. The government cannot restore the middle class until America recovers from its cultural rot.
Unwed mothers without financial support, dropouts whose academic failure generates poor job opportunities, demand for government entitlements, and a negative and degrading social and entertainment environment all contribute to a failing atmosphere in America.
There is not enough money to be redistributed to raise the underclass to the middle class. Money transfer reduces the current middle class. With temporary support and more opportunities in education, employment, and personal responsibility, it is possible to effect change in behavior.
Education is important. Infrastructure development helps. Private sector union involvement gives modest encouragement. But absent change in America's culture, I believe these efforts will fail and the situation will worsen.
-- John Young, Sacramento