Election — No More Jobs, But Much U.S. Suffering

When FDR turned from government funded jobs to a budget freeze the U.S. economy nose-dived — only to be rescued by WW2. We shall most likely be seeing a comparable national economy failure with the Republicans blocking public spending, cutting taxes for the super rich, and wasting monies on hopeless wars.

We should be putting people to work repairing our dangerously deteriorating infrastructure. Failures of it — key bridges falling, major dams giving way, explosive fires from hidden natural gas lines, pollution of water supplies by careless mining, etc. — will cost us far more in the long run than providing public jobs for those who need them, ranging from teachers to construction workers as well as our police who are a key element in security against terrorist WMD used against us. We were lucky to catch some of these of late, but it is only a matter of time before a key dam or means of transportation is blown with great harms to innocent people. The radical Muslims kill more of their own than us now. But the tides may be turning.

Our economy is no longer competitive as is our education. The internet passes along our discoveries before we can mobilize them. The standard of living for the middle class is dropping while the super rich make out like bandits. Smart accountants can hide monies here, there, and in Switzerland. Our most wealthy used to pay up to 90% of their profits in taxes. Now they do better than their secretaries on the tax front — and all the cheating by the profit makers, much funded by our taxes — drug companies, for profit medical insurance, etc. And our corporations are shipping our jobs overseas where labor costs are far less.

How many of us do not know people who were once comfortable now suffering from loss of jobs and homes? How many millions of hungry kids are we going to allow in this nation? Ask the Republican House leaders who have announced budget freezes and a focus of attacks on Obama. The new speaker of the House, by the way, is third in line for the presidency. Will assassination become the new game in town?

Down, down, down we go!


“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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