Just like the title says, are rich people ruining America? The article claims that the future potential of the children of low-income Americans are being diminished by upper-middle-class Americans.
Apparently this stems from residential zoning restrictions.
Well-educated people tend to live in places like Portland, New York, and San Francisco that have housing and construction rules that keep the poor and less educated away from places with good schools and good job opportunities.
Also, he shares a story.
Recently I took a friend with only a high school degree to lunch. Insensitively, I led her into a gourmet sandwich shop. Suddenly I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted with sandwiches named "Padrino" and "Pomodoro" and ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette. I quickly asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else and she anxiously nodded yes and we ate Mexican.
The above anecdote was sort of confusing to me at first; I didn't quite grasp the significance of it, but I think that he is trying to show that a less educated person (his friend) is "separated" from the world of the wealthy.
So, do you think that rich people are ruining America?
What do you think the point of the anecdote is?