One of this country’s most serious problems is people who expect far too much. They are not the poor, who are sometimes told they want too much, but the insiders — the middle class and above. One sign of the latest bout of national gloom is, as usual, emigration talk. The only change is that the “stop the country I want to get off” camp is now non-racial. 

When we compare middle-class lives here to realities in the places many people are fleeing, this sounds faintly absurd. Yes, the economy is weak, but middle-class people here live far better than their peers in many other countries. Yes, there is corruption, but if people fled every country in which the corrupt are a problem, most of humanity would be in perpetual motion. Yes, there is crime, but middle-class people are at no greater risk than those in many other countries where there is no stampede for the exit.

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