Stasis and Suffering

Apart from whatever reforms the Democrats are able to pass while still formally in office, I see disaster for the U.S. ahead — stasis and suffering for increasing numbers — vets, the sick unable to afford medical care, the evicted, the millions of hungry (particularly our children), etc., etc. The rich will get richer and the rest of us will lose more and more of the supports necessary for a decent life. Imagine running out of money with children to feed or being too elderly to work or find other assistance with support programs frozen.

The U.S. is well on becoming a model of how not to do it and we are losing support from around the globe. Obama’s trip to the Far East is an example of the resistance to our proposals and needs. I feel for the guy. He has done his best and it has not overcome the constant resistance from our extreme conservatives who are defaming us globally.

We were once the nation to emulate — in the last century. Now we are a model of self-destruction. The statistics of people (particularly children) who are hungry are shocking. We are about 50th in premature deaths of people who cannot afford doctors. Our big banks are biding their time to see where the profits will lie. Smaller banks are going bankrupt. Taxes are what we pay. Big institutions dodge them or hide them in such as Switzerland. Our women now seek high level professions –medicine, law, etc., so we no longer can hire decent teachers (or keep the idealistic ones) with minimum pay and threatened benefits.

I saw this pattern when I was still teaching and in reports from disgruntled students who had shifted careers. And so we fall further behind in competence and expenses ranging from emergency room visits of the desperate to the vast numbers in jail — about 1/4 of the world’s total.

Buy a gun or learn to shoplift. Our suicide rates are a disgrace.

What happened to the democracy I knew as a child and student through the Ph.D.?

“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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