The Brenner Brief

On Main Street, the worries mount. People are going to work apprehensive. For most Americans who go off to work or who are looking for work, they worry about their future, the education their children receive and ultimately a nagging sense that they are falling behind.

Increasingly, average Americans — those who work and pay taxes — have this growing sense that they are becoming the foreigners in a strange upside-down world. What my neighbors are saying, without using words, becomes sketched in the corner of their eyes — “we’re tired” — and the colors of their day-to-day lives are dimming to shades of gray.

For most of my adult life, Main Street has been the true North for American culture, where the phrase conjures up a set of values, a way of life that most agree with, and most prefer to follow. It is under siege today by a…

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