Can the U. S. Be Fixed?
by rdf, Fri Feb 17, 2006 at 02:52:08 PM EST
Let's assume that everything breaks the right way for the next few years. The Dems get control of one house in 2006 and then the other and the presidency in 2008.
The question next becomes, then what?
People have been so taken with criticizing current policies that realistic programs have been downplayed.
Some examples below:
OK, we admit we are causing global warming. Are we going to stop driving? Stop using electricity? Shift from gas and coal fired plants to nuclear?
We realize the budget deficit is too large. Are we going to raise taxes? Cut the $450 billion military budget? Withdraw from foreign "intanglements"?
The health system is too expensive and misses 45 million people. National health care? Mandatory insurance? Price controls?
The working class standard of living is slipping while the super rich are getting even richer. Is this bad? If so, why? How are you going to change this given that the balance of political power resides with the rich and the trans national corporations. The Dems feed at the same trough, just not as successfully.
There is something rotten in Denmark, but it's not going to be solved by tossing out the present administration. I know there are lots of utopian ideas floated around, but most fail to acknowledge the practical difficulties with making fundamental changes to an existing political/economic system.
I've got a couple of essays on the problems with the gross wealth inequality on my web site.
This one seems to be the most relevant, at the moment:
I propose changes, but I'm not optimistic.