U.S. Heading Downwards Whatever the Election Results

I despair more than Krugman’s grim concluding comments (below). Our economy is in a terrible mess. Our nation is more divided than I have ever seen it. We shall presumably see the Republican/Tea Party attacks continue unabated on Obama. Things needing to be done will not happen. Racism seems to be thriving. Education is being degraded. Our global competitors will win out over our failing capacities. We are stuck with ‘wars’ which we cannot/will not resolve. We are being left behind to molder in our own debris.

As a retired legal philosopher, I have watched our nation moving ever deeper into dark waters. Top income people used to pay up to 90% in taxes. Now they pay a smaller amount than their secretaries. Our unions have been crippled as active forces in supporting their members — or are selling out to their natural enemies. Our standard of living is dropping and our original ideas are being grabbed away from us by spies and the internet.

Wikileaks tells us what we have been doing to our young soldiers and what some of them have been doing to innocent civilians. We are pals with the Saudis and blocking Cuba from contacts that would move it in a more democratic direction.

I could go on at greater length, but our nation has not yet adjusted to a global economy and is in deep trouble — no matter what the election results. I am deeply saddened to see our highly intelligent and caring president ensnared in the mess that we have become.

Help! I, too, am deeply afraid.

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“But we won’t get those policies if Republicans control the House. In fact, if they get their way, we’ll get the worst of both worlds: They’ll refuse to do anything to boost the economy now, claiming to be worried about the deficit, while simultaneously increasing long-run deficits with irresponsible tax cuts — cuts they have already announced won’t have to be offset with spending cuts.

“So if the elections go as expected next week, here’s my advice: Be afraid. Be very afraid.”

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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