…pretty much destroyed what little faith I had left in our exceptional American institutions.

John Cole points out why. This poor working class pilot (and is there any other way to describe someone with that income?) has the lives of many in his hands every day, and makes a pittance of what he could had he joined the legal loan-shark game in which very little service is provided (without a charge) and nothing is created, not even a ride from A to B.

This is not the stuff Empires are built of.

I love John Cole. He makes me happy; his readers and commenters make me happy.

You grab what you can, and it is quite comforting to at least one addicted reader that there are others who get it.