wine are God's Country(upper-income, mostly middle-aged couples in spacious homes), Gray Power
(older middle-class, homeowning suburbanite retirees), Big Fish Small Pond (older, upper-class, college-educated professionals, often leading citizens of small-town communities and Winner's Circle (mostly 25-44-year-old couples with large families in new-money subdivisions).
After treating the Poor Laws and their ramifications, the author is especially attentive to public schools, both before and since 1914, and social spending since 1800 in terms of the last century's world wars, Great Depression, democracies, women's vote, gray power
, globalization, safety nets, and economic growth.
That Saturday night, as Longman chimed in about gray power
, he offered this incendiary thought: "What we've got is a system that pays out most of its benefits to people who are middle-class and more affluent, while not providing enough benefits for the poor to bring them up above the government's own poverty line.