Here’s the problem:
If you are already living on a shoe string you can’t afford to cut back any more. So the American People keep supporting the wealthy in order to save themselves.
I know this is not sound reasoning. Sound reasoning would say, with a limited supply of the earth’s resources, those using the most should be the first to cut back. However, to most Americans this is a form of socialism, and socialism is a very bad word to many Americans.
Americans are also clueless when it comes to the tax structure. During the greatest growth and perhaps the most equal distribution of wealth in US history was during the 1950’s under Republican President Eisenhower (Ike).
Taxes on the rich were at 91%. Even under Kennedy (JFK), who cut taxes for the wealthy down to 79%; still quite high compared to today’s standard of 35%.
note: Many right wing pundits praise Kennedy as a, “Democrat who cut taxes!” but they leave that little 91% detail out. It’s more than disingenuous.
Further, during the 1950’s and early 1960’s the US was still in a 1940’s WWII mindset. 10% of the population had served in some form during the ‘Big One.’ Not to mention all the women working in factories and industry, later giving up their jobs to the troops returning and going back home to have babies, the boomers. We loved the 50’s so much that the two most popular TV show in the 1970’s and 1980’s were Happy Days and M*A*S*H.
Ike, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, at the helm kept that memory alive and Kennedy, a war hero, kept that flame burning. We were still in this together, and outside of a few scoundrels everyone had given something up, from the top down they sacrificed.
The irony today is so many people, boomers mostly, long for the 1950s. Not the lynching or the civil unrest that was growing, but the economic stability, the tremendous expansion of our infrastructure, the growth in technology, and the unity that the American People aspired to under both Ike and JFK. This is what defined the American People, this is what gave them their Identity; we were a ‘can-do’ people.
Odd thing is, these are also the very same folks who do not want to go back to the 1950s or even the 1960’s tax structure, they think they can have and hoard it all. It’s fantasy.
Today, 60+ years later, we have no other choice, but to start cutting back our use of the earth’s resources, we need to take better care of each other, we need to unite, rebuild our infrastructure, expand once again our knowledge in technology for the betterment of all Americans or the US will end up like Mexico; without a clearly defined middle-class, neglect for justice and the Rule of Law, fear and indifference aggregated.
Some already believe we are already there.
But, one has to wonder, with a minority population that will surpass current demographics perhaps, that’s the plan?
I never thought I’d say this, but I know I want out and I know other people who are either thinking about this or planning to leave the country, to escape.
Which makes me wonder, is there a new underground railroad forming, making its way out of the US, yet?