One big one is technology, which is replacing whole categories of unskilled jobs piece by piece..
In 20 years, you wont be able to find work at any salary unless you have world-class skills or work in some 'technology-proof' field like politics or prostitution.. (And the competition to get into those areas will be fierce, so wages will fall)
Otherwise, we will all be eating out of garbage cans in a few years.. Or we might end up in Soylent Green..
Just kidding, but do the math.. People won't be able to survive on 401ks with current yields.. People need much more pay in order to save enough.. even if they cut their expenses to the bone.. (many are already doing that)
People need to either do that or stop buying everything nonessential.. which would kill the economy.
Another scary thought.. If everyone is selling their stocks at the same time.. yields will be even lower than they are now.. (lots of supply and little demand means low profits)
The US was the only nation left undestroyed by WWII and that has left an entire generation with an unrealistically optimistic view of what America is and what they can afford on what they make (which is in real terms, less and less)
Right now, borrowing against home equity is masking that somewhat.. but it can't last..
Not just senior citizens.. They prevent infants, children, adults and even the still-to-be-born from receiving adequate medical care, pushing the health status of the average American further and further down..
The only developed nation we are ahead of now is Mexico, from what I gather..
But we pay more than anyone else in the world.. we pay more and get less..
30% of every healthcare dollar goes to insurance companies.. Yes, thats right, it only buys us grief..
The rest goes for other things, including subsidizing pharmaceutical research for the entore rest of the world..
That is what fuels the lobbying machine.. that fact that senators and congressmen must compete for ever increasing amounts of cash for their campaigns and the lobbyists are there (funded by corporate funds) to do it. The whole stinking process should be outlawed. Corporations should only be allowed to operate so much as they support the public good as well as their business purpose and lobbying with the funds of their stockholders should be prohibited.
Seriously. Lobbying and other forms of corporate contributions should be outlawed.
during a heat wave a few years ago.. Thousands of older people died during vacation period.. and the doctors were out of town.. the bodies went unburied for days..
No, we need something much better then France's system..
We have lost surge capacity.. if there is any terrorism, we don't have capacity for it. The system we have now is broken..
Hundreds of thousands of people are having incapacitating events like heart attacks or strokes, dying because they cant afford ANY medical care or prescription drugs that they need - this rationing is happening now and its criminal.
I'm sorry, I disagree with you. Its the only way to ensure that everybody gets access to care. And that really needs to be non-negotiable. Otherwise medical IT will not be used to improve care, it will be used to brand huge segments of the American people as uninsurable, and then, unemployable..(creating a situation in which many won't be able to find jobs because they are deemed unprofitable and high risk)
>That catalogues the seventy or so US foreign
>interventions in one places and examines their
>implications to the people of those countries, in
>And as such, its a unique work.
>Maybe the campaign against it is an effort to >stigmatize people who read it? I don't know.
>But I do know that I would never have heard about
>it if some wingnut had not vilified it on a blog
>I read in such a viterperative fashion that I
>checked it out at my local (independent) >bookstore. It was a mindblower. Very very scary.
>If Americans don't know our history in the covert
>'foreign policy' arena, then we are in a sense, flying
>blind in the world.
>The Cheney crowd probably hate 'Killing Hope' because
>it is in a sense, a listing of things that the US
>people need to know about that they don't know..
>Another thing the US people don't seem to know is that
>the Bush and Bin Laden familes are very close..
>I'm not saying that they work together.. But, looking
>at the history of dishonesty to all of us, its not
>But I think the possibility that the OBL tape was a
>forgery spewed to boost Bush's plummeting credibility
>ratings and divert people's attention from the many
>scandals is much more probable..
>But the old tricks aren't working.. perhaps we are so
>tired of their crap that our emotions are just all
Sorry to duplicate this post but people were obviously trying to make it scroll away..
Perhaps 'criminal conspiracy' might be more appropriate in light of the facts on how BushCorp lobbied to change the law on domestic spying.. failed, and then it turned out that all the time, they were breaking that same law..
So, I guess, basically, they think they are above the law and democracy is just a big joke.. on us..