Ladders of opportunity

What Barack Obama says he wants to give to the ‘middle class’ — even though if you climb too high up a ladder from the middle class, you’ll climb out of it into the upper class — or to people who want to be ‘middle class’, or to children, who shouldn’t really use ladders without supervision. These ladders are not twinned with snakes of doom.

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