We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Democratic party loves taking credit for the social safety net, but they have proven to be completely irresponsible trustees, squandering the trust by borrowing against the sum, and then borrowing against the debt to fund an entirely separate agenda. What began as security for workers mutated into a bureaucracy that existed for its own sake expanding benefits and spending to bulk up its power and influence.
The old worker centered universe was turned upside down. Private sector unions gave way to public sector unions. A non-union public was suddenly forced to subsidize the municipal crony unions of Democratic politicians. Corporate health insurance became mandatory. Illegal aliens showed up for the free health insurance. And the taxpayer kept picking up the tab. Now the system is on the brink, and the trustees have no answer except more spending and a few cuts.
The New Deal had always been rotten with wealth redistribution calculations, but it wasn't unfeasible until fiscal responsibility went completely out the window. The Potemkin Village economics had been there in the 1930's, the unconstitutional mandates, the overreaching regulations and the share the wealth platform. But they had at least used a nation with a solid industrial base and birth rate as their base. Both of those have been sinking for decades, even as spending has been growing...
Thanks for the article, and adding it to my Fav's list.
The only problem is, like any other attempt at reform or modernization, is the establishment (politicos, unions, lobbyists, 'strap hangers', etc) will not go peaceful, as demonstrated in Wisconsin - they have too much vested interested in status quo/BAU (business as usual).
That donnybrook will look downright peaceful if a New, New Deal is presented, and the collective outcry for their livelihoods (i.e. our tax dollars which they siphon off) will be epic and bloodthirsty.
For it to work, it MUST be generational, or, we need TOTAL Econ failure, and to rebuild from the rubble they created. But, the failure option is very destructive, and would leave us open to outside influences with far worse consequences.
There's heavy irony in the reduction of union membership in the private workforce. Unions work best in large facilities. Unions got a lot of large facilities. Unions pushed wages up to the point where shipping product became a lot cheaper than making it (other stuff also helped). Facilities closed. Unions lost membership. Priced themselves right out of the market.