"The trouble with Italy, particularly the southern provinces, is that there is no middle class. You have the upper class, living in idleness and greater luxury than the nation can afford, and the peasant toilers under them, obliged to support this top-heavy fabric, and an expensive army and navy besides, by lives of hardship and deprivation." National Geographic, “Emigration to America an Industry.” Dec. 1909. Read more about Just Sayin'
Polis. The word means "city" in Greek. It also refers to the citizens of the city. And when we're talking city here, we're talking city-state. So the polis is both place and people.
It is also the root word for politic. Politics. Political. Politicians.
Politics is the means by which the people decide how they wish to live in their city - um, city-state - er, country. And whenever someone takes part in making those decisions, they are, ipso facto, a politician. Read more about Polis
I have to offer here three little snippets from my Facebook page only because I have a lot of editing to do today and no time to think up anything fresh. So here 'tis.
My debt ceiling/deficit solution: (a) let elapse the Bush tax cuts on the richiest rich - I'd compromise on a mil and up; (b) raise the taxable maximum on Social Security; and (that's *and*, not *or*) (c) pass a new regulation stipulating that Medicare coverage be denied to "tenmillionaires" unless their annual medical bills exceed 1/10 of their annual income. Read more about Political Snippets