I'm not a doom and gloom type. I generally see the glass as half full. But I must confess, as I let my mind connect the dots of the economy, the ecology, the downward IQ of society as a whole, at least American society, I feel a dispair I have never experienced.  Perhaps it's some sort of midlife crisis, but I don't think so.  I see our leaders going back and forth with one another, each blaming the other, and NOBODY offering any real plan to get us on track for the future.  America has rested on its collective laurels for too long.  

Other countries are passing us by in terms of education, health care, and environmental issues.  I just fear there is an economic apocalypse on the horizon, which will happen in my lifetime.  It will devastate my "golden years". I think there are two things that could possibly prevent it and they go hand in hand.  First, we must stop the way we elect our government officials.  As long as our politicians are bought and paid for by the rich, only the rich will have representative government.  Second, as soon as we allowed profits to be made from health care, particularly by the withholding of treatments to contain corporate losses, we doomed ourselves as a society.  

Employers are handcuffed by having to provide plans for their employees, while insurance companies pick the pockets of their policy holders year after year as wages stagnate.  Our choices of careers are often altered at a young age because we must find a full time job with health care benefits, which, often times, is unrewarding and unfulfilling.  This leads to many creative people not taking chances on what could have been new and exciting job-creating fields.  

Imagine what your life would be like if you didn't have to worry about where your health insurance was coming from.  The USA is so far behind the rest of the industrialized world, it's criminal.  Corporate Health Care profits are at record highs.  Is your coverage at record levels of efficiency and satisfaction?  Do you feel you get what you pay for every time your premiums go up?  I don't.

I'm just beginning to understand the deficit and its effect on every aspect of society.  The picture is dark indeed.  I wish I had the answer that could just be plugged right in way to solve it all, but I fear the tipping point has been passed on all fronts and we'll all just have to hang on with both hands and try our best to ride it out.

As for American Exceptionalism, that's a bullshit term if I ever heard one.  We had it once, but it's like being a Raider's fan.  Just because we won the Super Bowl in '83, doesn't mean we still have a good football team. And "God Bless America"...don't get me started.  Have there ever been three words strung together that better exemplified American narcissism and arrogance?

 

That's it for now.  I have a glass of Knob Creek on the rocks that has melted the ice to the perfect blend of whiskey and water and it may just make me feel a bit better than when I started writing this.

 

Peace.  What a concept?

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Comment by Sassan K. on June 5, 2011 at 2:33am
Great points but I think the greatest down-turn in America's future will come from our failed immigration policies and creating a 2-culture clash, I truly believe so. All one has to look is at the demographics of this country and how the more educated and successful have smaller families compared to those who are coming to this country illegally and are producing babies. I truly believe unless we take care of this problem there will be no United States in 60-80 years; and this immigration problem is already effecting the state where I live CA. I find no bigger threat. I think everything else will figure itself out as capitalism is what allows innovation and economic growth but with the population numbers we have and seem will continue to have as long as we don't enforce our borders and allow the children of illegal immigrants to automatically become U.S. citizens, there doesn't seem to be a bright future for this country.
Comment by Albert Bakker on June 5, 2011 at 5:19am
Comes with empires in decline. Also the looking for scapegoats.
Comment by Albert Bakker on June 5, 2011 at 9:55am
Looking at the competition in the game for world-hegemony, I very much doubt it is going to be much of an improvement.
Comment by Steve on June 5, 2011 at 10:11am
The Handmaid's Tale
Comment by AntiChristianLeague on June 5, 2011 at 11:14am

@Jared : Your comment made me chuckle.

 

The current state that America is in appalls me. Corporations own everything, and fundamentalist christians want to turn the country into a fucking theocracy. And thats putting it nicely.

I haven't had health insurance in over four years. Thankfully my physical health has been great so far. "Careers" as a concept are gone. With the job market the way it is, alot of people (myself included) with college education or without, are simply looking for any job that will help pay the bills. Sometimes even that is a stretch. 

 

Whatever is going on, beneath the surface, now is the time for us to stand up and fight for what we believe in.

Comment by Jim Minion on June 5, 2011 at 1:08pm

The defense department has spent 4.735 trillion dollars from 2001 to 2009. That is 4735 billion dollars.

The banker bailout cost us how many trillions?

Immigrants are our problem?

Comment by Choscura on June 5, 2011 at 2:11pm

Humans are evolving into multiple species.  Don't be discouraged by the downward trend of the IQ's of what will become the short twig on the branch.

 

It's entirely possible- and, looking at things, seems more than likely- that humans are the first of a new category of species.  We have apparently crossed a large barrier by achieving consciousness; this is the same category of barrier as reproduction for the first successful abiogenic life form,  multi-cellular structure and specialization of cells in a multi-cellular organism, and the barrier for the first fish crawling out on land.

 

If we can manage to not completely destroy ourselves because of angry non-existent Hebrews, we're probably going to go everywhere in the universe.  Otherwise, I honestly hope cockroaches evolve intelligence fast enough that there is anything left of our creations, so that they can hopefully learn from our mistakes and not listen to people that talk to themselves and actually get answers.

Comment by Sassan K. on June 5, 2011 at 3:45pm

Military spending has also been a necessary cost in fighting terrorism and has helped other industries on the way. Military spending is money dedicated to military spending and is necessary for the greater good of world peace and American hegemony. It's illegal immigrants that are costing California tax payers at a minimum over $10 billion a year and that is not even accounting anchor babies and other state costs. Nationwide, over $100 billion/year again not counting anchor babies and other costs not able to be counted in such studies (i.e. education, health care). In addition, it lowers the quality of available jobs by those willing to take lower salaries (2nd generation immigrants based from illegal immigrants) and an overall dissolute of American economy, power, and culture.

I know some who are anti-American and anti-west want to see this; but the future of America will be decided on whether we learn from our European brethren and alter our immigration laws accordingly. Europeans learned from their Muslim problems, now we have to learn from ours.

Comment by Albert Bakker on June 5, 2011 at 4:03pm
Yes I guess it is all about the right diagnosis Sassan. It is those illegal immigrants that bring down the American empire. It is a matter of national security to remove them. They are illegal after all and illegal is just another word for criminal. And they are no ordinary criminals, because they undermine US national security and are therefore terrorists. That is why the war on terror should be extended to illegal immigrants as they are effectively in cahoots with Al Qaida. In fact as you stated quite rightly in your first post "there is no bigger threat" to be found than illegal immigrants who are taking over by stealth by the evil spawn of their filthy fast breeding habits.
Comment by Jim Minion on June 5, 2011 at 4:12pm

On 9/10/11 Rumsfeld announced  that the Defense Department could not account for 2.3 trillion dollars, that is 2000 billion dollars. Are we to expect the the Defense Department has gotten better at accounting for the money and waste has decreased? Military spending broke the USSR and will break the US.

So when US laws gave corporate tax breaks to move manufacturing out of the country that doesn't effect the economy, it's illegals?

Try running a small business in the US, money is not available for your daily operation or for your customers to buy your serves. Illegals caused this situation not casino banking practices of Wall Street.

 

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