Now that we know that the destruction of the world is not imminent, I feel it is safe to talk about more serious topics. Right now there is no subject more guaranteed to raise my blood pressure than the all-out assault that the right is carrying out on the middle class in America. I know times are tough and the money to run everything has to come from somewhere, but why are we taking it away from the people who educate our children? And why must we take away unions' collective bargaining as well? What does that have to do with anything? Why aren't we taking the money from the irresponsible villians (that is the nicest way I feel I can describe them) who caused the world economy to nearly collapse on the first place? It literally boggles my mind to think of how anyone can vote republican unless they make over $250,000 a year. They are the only ones being served by this. The rest of the base must be held hostage by social issues, which most of the time do not even concern them (e.g. gay marriage). That is the only explanation that I can think of that makes any sense at all. A few years ago a coworker complained to me that the United States was turning into a third world country. At the time I thought he was nuts, and I told him so. Now, he may be right.
Anyhow, I am a bit out of my depth talking about economics, but I read this article from Vanity Fair, and I recommend you read it too. Chilling.