April 22, 2018
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Comments for: Dispiriting Times

Yes, the latest Gallup poll numbers showing the public’s lack of confidence in some of our country’s major institutions are distressing. A nation needs to believe that its political and economic leaders have the character and vision to lead the country forward. But it’s not as… Read More
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  • Anonymous

    Actually, no, we haven’t been here before.  Global warming is accelerating.  Global energy production is stagnating as prices skyrocket.  7 Billion people want to be fed, and climate shifts are destroying harvests, leading to unrest like the Arab Spring, and more. 

    Our financial markets are not only corrupt, but based on assumed growth that the fundamentals don’t support.  Old people are expecting pensions but the young have no jobs with which to pay into that system, and the ratio between old and young isn’t what it used to be, so pensions and Social Security will inevitably fail, no matter who is in office. 

    Our soils are depleted, our aquifers are running low, and our farming systems based again on that unreliable petroleum supply, both for tractor power and for fertilizers.  Our seed stock is controlled by a few, and regional varieties are absent.  Few know how to garden without power tools.  Few know how to garden, or butcher, or preserve food for winter.  Kids consider manual labor to be beneath them, and labor is bussed in from Haiti and Mexico to do what used to be summer jobs for high school students. 

    We have old nuke plants dotting the countryside with radioactive waste, dependent on the grid or diesel generators to keep it from overheating and blowing out of the casks. 

    We have new pests, imported from all over, and the bats have died off from white nose disease.

    No.  We haven’t been here before.  And a meaningless pep talk from Omaha won’t change that.

    • Anonymous

      This byte of yours sounds like a page from the past. I guess there has always been and there will always be naysayers.

    • Anonymous

       Each generation rises to new challenges.  Historically there was  always a “culling of the herd” though and the successful rose above it. The baby boom generation was probably the first generation not to face such a “culling”, so we figure that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Our parents probably did us no favors in protecting us and we seem to be unable to stop robbing from the next generation as if it is our due. I’ll make no dire predictions but I believe things will get a lot rougher before they get better, but they will get better.

  • tag

    Things were far worse after the Carter administration and we came roaring back with pro-business policies put in place by Reagan (with a Democrat Congress). The same thing will happen when Romney is elected. The Obama administration’s attacks on jobs and success will give way to an administration that rewards success and celebrates accomplishment. 2013 can’t come soon enough!

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