Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. (Photo: AP/File)

Hey, kids, come gather ‘round. I have a story to share.

It takes place a long, long time ago, in a powerful, hopeful nation once revered as one of the few places in the world where most anyone ready to put in an honest day’s work could make their dreams come true. There, even if you didn’t attend a college with ivy-covered walls, you could still get a decent-paying job and afford a nice place in the suburbs and, here’s the best part, even get a pension plan that would help take care of you in your old age.

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