Where’s My Great Society? offers a progressive take on contemporary America from a Midwestern perspective. Political commentary with a scholar’s touch is balanced by essays on root beer, dogs and cats, jazz, and more. The candor of Andy Rooney with a dash of Dave Barry, this is both a biting critique of contemporary politics and a celebration of what we can become if we get our act together. Serious and fun, as life should be.
Jim Haas is an award-winning educator who took a teacher’s advice and chose public service over a “vaguely promising musical career.” After serving as an Air Force officer, he taught history and was a school principal in Kansas City, Kansas, suffering, he claims, “no visible after-effects.” A newspaper publisher persuaded him to write a regular column about schooling, a project that continues today though expanded to topics beyond the halls of learning and to the contents of this book.
“These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote Tom Paine in 1776. Now, seven generations on, our souls and our patience are tried by inept politicians, uncompromising ideologies, costly and complicated healthcare, and much else that Paine wouldn’t appreciate if he were alive today. Since he isn’t, I’ve taken up the challenge of not appreciating these things for him.