Thursday, July 15, 2010

God Help Us Get Through These Difficult Times!

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.
Upton Sinclair

You can be right, have all of the evidence on your side, and still lose the argument due to inherent bias or inherent ignorance, r.e. Upton Sinclair. We seem to be seeing both ignorance and bias playing out in national and global economic policy currently. We have a deficit because of two overseas wars, excessive tax cuts, and the government assuming the private sector's debt in 2008. Now we have millionaires and billionaires telling the rest of us that we will have to get by with no Medicare or Social Security if we ever get the chance to retire. Personally, I believe that a 75% to 90% income tax should be reinstated on the wealthiest 1% of the population. We should mothball at least one carrier group and kill the JSF program, and look for other cost savings in the sacred cow defense budget. Medical costs need to come down 50%. This can be done by increasing the number of practicing doctors two-fold and possibly eliminating or reducing (redacted due to loss of freedom of speech). Putting everyone under Medicare would make everyone but the doctors and health insurers happy. Of course, none of this will happen until it's too late. It is quite possible that the US will collapse like the Soviet Union - not from external forces, but from internal ones. Our economy is being wrecked by investment bankers and economists, amoral corporate businessmen and corrupted politicians. Each group has their own opinion about what is wrong with America, but each of them are innocent of any wrongdoing. Meanwhile, the Poor and Middle Class become poorer each day, and there's no way to save money efficiently.

God Help Us All and save us from people who have their best interests at heart instead of society's. Help us to discern truth from deception, and help each of us do the right thing every day. Guide us to wisdom and not folly, and mend hearts so that we all can help one another through this difficult manmade calamity.

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