My mother, when she was young, liked to hum a catchy tune called “Ain’t We Got Fun.” It was a song from the Roaring 1920’s but it had a rebirth a few years later, during the Great Depression, when its refrain – “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer” – seemed wryly ironic.

No one seems to see that irony today.

Robert P. Bomboy has written for more than 60 national magazines and is the author of six books, including the novel “Smart Boys Swimming in the River Styx.” He taught for more than 30 years in colleges and universities, and he has been a Ford Foundation Fellow at the University of Chicago and in Washington, D.C.

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