which direction is up?
June 6, 2018
While my last post was exhilarating in that I finally discovered why people vote for Trump. And why they continue to support him without pause. hint: It is because white non-college educated Americans sense if others will benefit they willingly give up their democratic rights and follow an Authoritarian ruler (read FASCISM). see “How do we recover?
I labeled these people ‘The Intolerants’.
I was looking at my desktop at all of the pdf files of research and I opened a file to an article by Luke O’Brien from December 2017, “Andrew Anglin_The Making of an American Nazi”.
Mr. O’Brien weaves a riveting tale of exactly the person I learned of in my last post. The difference in my tale and his – FEAR.
This quiet young man turns into a monster within a few paragraphs.
This story is gut-wrenching, vomit-inducing from the first paragraph on how Andrew terrorized Tanya Gersh in Whitefish, Montana in 2016.
I couldn’t finish the article.
I am researching two posts one on the privatization of the VA Healthcare system and the other, a long-standing article that just doesn’t seem to get written on the Gender Pay Gap which is now stretching into an article on Pay Inequality. Additionally, I have to catch up on my other blog “deepeducationweb.com.” That has been laying still while all these other stories keep exploding in the headlines.
After that foray into the pdf pile on my desktop, I opened them one by one. I was attracted to one with a bright graphic with a father, lunchbox in hand, leading his son by the hand. His son, rather than following along, is drawn to the yellow-orange of a city on a hill.
The title was “How Baby Boomers Broke America” written by Steven Brill and published by Time. (May 17, 2018).
Because I am a boomer I was drawn in. What had I (we) done that was so egregious that I helped ‘break’ America.
The Current Situation
Mr. Brill has outstanding credentials.
He achieved success by founding Court TV and the American Lawyer magazine among other endeavors.
I will not spoil this excellent read. I will let you spend a few minutes with it as I did. Excellent writing with a great storyline can never be passed up without feeling guilty for a few days trying to find that article again.
I followed Mr. Brill down his primrose path.
Rather than succumb to the temptations provided by incalculable success, he demonstrated a need to help others.
He lays the blame for the ascension of Trump and ‘The Intolerants” on those that follow the American dream and then are broken on the rocks of success.
He didn’t succumb as so many of white college educated people who have been stealing the American Dream from other ordinary Americans.
The thieves are called the “Meritorious Aristocracy”.
The smart, well-educated people that capitalized on the American Dream to achieve their success and in the process broke the Dream for everyone else.
“The Dream is Dead Long Live the Dream”.
While “The Intolerants” were gathering steam in the pursuit of crashing democracy on the rocks of Authoritarianism, the wealthy were stealing the wealth of this country for their personal aggrandizement and then built a moat so that anyone trying to follow would be beached and broken.
In fact, they sapped all of the wealth of this country to such a degree that Millenials, those born between 1981 thru 1996 will be the first generation of Americans that will never recover from the recession of the early 21st century.
In an article by Tami Luhby, May 23, 2018, in CNN Money she refers to a new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis titled “A Lost Generation?“. The “net worth of a typical family headed by someone born in the 1980s was 34% BELOW what was expected”. (emphasis is mine).
“The Great Recession” and its aftermath widened the wealth gap between young and old,” the study said.
The real terror is that, even though the recession is only ten years ago, all of the groundwork has been laid for the same scenario to occur again.
In an article titled “With Red Lights Flashing Danger, Where are the Adults in Finance?“ in Better Markets May 14, 2018, the author warns that the predatory nature of the markets have return and the result will soon be felt.
The reforms following the last recession have been unwound and even worse the enforcement has been severely weakened. The return of greed is forecast.
“That’s exactly why former Morgan Stanley’s CEO, John Mack, said after the crash:
‘[w]e cannot control ourselves. You [lawmakers and regulators] have to step in and control the Street.”
Consumer protections have been shut down by Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s Director of Consumer Finacial Protection Bureau and just recently the Fed has weakened the Volcker Act and almost all other reins that had been put in place.
As former Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer stated:
“One can understand the political dynamics of this thing but one cannot understand why grown, intelligent people reach the conclusion that [you should] get rid of all the things you have put in place in the last 10 years.”
So we know where this road leads because all blinders are off, greed is in full tilt mode and the economy will fall off the rails again.
The rich will regain their wealth as they did last time but the rest of the citizens of this country will again be sacrificed on the altar of the 1%.
What else do we need to know?
Mr. Brill speaks of the “American economic-mobility engine” as sputtering.
“For adults in their 30’s, the chance of earning more than their parents dropped to 50% from 90% just two generations earlier.
The American middle class, once the aspiration model for the world, is no longer the world’s richest.”
Those are sobering facts.
But he is not finished.
“Most Americans with average incomes have been left to fend for themselves, often at jobs where automation, outsourcing, the decline of union protection and the boss’ obsession with squeezing out every penny of short-term profit has eroded any sense of security.”
You had debt before the 2008 crash? “In 2017 household debt had grown higher than the peak reached in 2008″
The US remains the world’s richest country, just not very many of its citizens.
However, on Friday, June 1, 2018, a scathing report was issued that indicted the Trump administration.
The UN’s Special Rapporteur On Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Phillip Alston, released his report.
“About 40 million (Americans) live in poverty, 18.5 million in extreme poverty, and 5.3 million live in Third World conditions of absolute poverty.”
This is YOUR country.
Is this how you want it to be represented to the world?
“Poverty in America is a Moral Outrage. The soul of our nation is at stake” Rev William Barber
There is “a systematic attack on America’s welfare program that is undermining the social safety net for those who can’t cope on their own. Once you start removing any sense of government commitment, you quickly move into cruelty.”
“With millions of Americans already on the brink of poverty, Alston warned that Trump’s tax law, deregulatory agenda, welfare cuts are driving the poor closer to complete “ruination” which the U.N. official defines as “severe deprivation of food and almost no access to healthcare (author Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, Friday, June 1, 2018.
Is this how you want to treat those less fortunate than you?
Did you know the US has 552 BILLIONAIRES?
That is 25% of the world’s total!
Mr. Philip Alston calls the US a “land of stark contrasts”. “The persistence of extreme poverty is a political choice made by those in power.” “With political will, it could be eliminated.”
THERE IS HOPE
Mr. Jukay Hsu is a former U.S. Army Officer that commanded a rifle platoon in Iraq. He earned the Bronze Medal for bravery.
He enrolled in Harvard College before his military service.
When he returned home he founded C4Q which “creates opportunity through technology”.
The company’s mission statement is “We believe people from every community should have the opportunity to learn to code, gain jobs in tech, and create companies of the future.”
C4Q has a 10-month program that prepares students for software engineering jobs. Some companies that have hired graduates are Capital One and IBM.
These students have gone from earning $18,000 a year as waiters etc. to over $85,000 a year on average.
You can learn more about C4Q here.
ANOTHER RAY OF HOPE
A company called“Partnership for Public Services leads “proactive efforts to make the federal government more effective.” They help develop leaders: by providing assistance to federal agencies to improve their management and operations.
They conduct outreach to college campuses to promotes careers in public service.
They celebrate government’s success so that it can be repeated in other areas of government.
They seek to strengthen the civil service by advocating for legislative and regulatory reforms.
They seek to enhance the public’s understanding of the valuable work of civil servants perform in the media.
They have an impact by helping to change the way government functions.
Their program develops participants to become effective government leaders.
They measure success by posting on their website that the current list of “380 agencies that are the best places to work in the federal government rankings.
All of this means that there are people who care. People who are trying to save this republic.
As you read my posts you notice I am very anti-Trump.
I believe that he demeans the office of the president.
His lies and character assassinations are leading other politicians an potential politicians down a path that will take generations to repair.
You also know I have only a negative outlook toward repairing relations.
Finding that there are already companies and organization working to improve the current situation lightens my gloom.
Until the current administration and the current enablers in Congress leave not much can be accomplished.
Thanks for stopping by.