I’m writing this blog entry for the few remaining Americans intelligent enough to understand that America is a nation in decline. I’m writing this blog entry for the few remaining Americans who understand that our consumer feeding frenzy is now nearly over and the time to pay has come. I’m writing this blog entry for the few remaining Americans who understand that we are not the land of the free or the home of the brave. American has become the land of the dumb and the home of the foolhardy.
We are a nation of instant gratification and right now answers to every problem. I started writing this post in 2008 and just let it sit. It is now 2010. Where is the recovery we were promised? Show me some signs. My employer is still downsizing and has been since 2008. What does that mean? The federal government has a web site tracking the “recovery” but all it shows is where the made up “stimulus” is going. The “funds awarded” is not a sign of recovery. It’s just money taken away from your kids and grandchildren to try and fix things now that got started right after World War II. You cannot fix basic problems in systems of governance and finance by building new roads and fixing some old crumbling infrastructure. Government itself has become the problem.
If I am wrong about that someone explain to me how spending during a decline is responsible behavior by a government. Are the Greeks spending buckets of money to stimulate a recovery? How about the government of Zimbabwe with its trillion dollar notes? How many of them are busy stimulating things in that country? The U.S. probably won’t end up in the same situation Zimbabwe is in. We have more real property worth fighting over when other nations come in and pick up the pieces after the slow decline ends.
The thing that bothers me most about the way government plays with our money is that I have no say in the process whatsoever. The interest rates, tax rates and inflation/deflation are all controlled by people I haven’t voted for. In fact, the system is rigged so that no matter who I vote for the money will still be out of my control. How is that any different from the situation early Americans found themselves in when they revolted against the King of Britain? I feel unrepresented or misrepresented. I would not be spending massive amounts of money I didn’t have were I in charge of this “recovery.” I would be talking about belt tightening, services cutbacks, frugality and so on. How can an entire economy based on instant gratification and cheap labor from other countries sustain itself long term? I see no way that is possible. The federal government is spending half a billion dollars to deploy smart meters in Maryland. What’s the payoff? Who can explain to me where the money is going to come from? The tax revenue base is being shredded.
I think the U.S. is a nation in decline. Jobs that require real intelligence are moving offshore. Engineers, scientists and other intellectual workers come to the United States to get educated but they go somewhere else to stay. Tell me I am wrong and the vibrancy, daring and entrepreneurial spirit needed to stay the world’s top producer of culture and technology are still here. I don’t think they are. I think India and China are doing the things we once did while we fight over the shreds of greatness that are still left inside U.S. borders.