Generally those who simply have a different opinion or perspective to share are able to do it without launching an all-out attack. I’m not talking about people who see things differently and state their case civilly. I’m talking about those whose only goal is to skewer the writer with insults and character assassinations.
And those folks are in no short supply.
Kind of like the other guy who responded to this comment, by basically calling me a short-sighted imbecile for simply supporting this post.
I looked him up, and it’s funny because he and I actually agree on many issues. However, all he was interested in was telling me what a sheep I am — how dull-witted and boring I must be to support this post.
I have no expectations of complete agreement with anything I say, and I do not agree with everything written in the OP. Our political and economic systems and their welfare, effectiveness, and success or failure are not a black and white issue. They are incredibly complicated, and no all-encompassing ideal or ideology is ever going to solve every problem we’re facing.
While I do not believe a wholly socialistic society is the answer, neither do I believe a purely capitalistic society can succeed.
What I *can* agree with the OP on 100% is that the systems running our nation are failing on a grand scale. Our political system was intended to represent and support all US citizens equally, and instead, it has become rife with corruption, supporting and representing whomever controls the money and disregarding everyone else on almost all issues.
And since the politicians are puppets for those entities, the economy continues to be more and more unfairly funneled away from those with less, towards those with everything else.
And the scales are tipping that way so much now that working your ass off no longer ensures you can feed your family. This is not how it used to be. Maybe you worked a shit job that you hated, but if you worked it well, and kept your nose to the grindstone, you wouldn’t go hungry or homeless.
No one is promised a life of luxury and leisure, but it wasn’t that long ago that working a decent full-time job ensured that your family’s basic needs would be met. And if you worked two, then you could actually have a few bells and whistles every now and then.
If you are someone who is managing to do more than scrape by paycheck to paycheck, then maybe this is not something that is touching you. But if you are living hand-to-mouth, like me — a college educated single mother of two with a stable job that JUSSSSTT pays what is considered a living wage (after 7 years of sliding way under that mark), who can finally afford her bills but only her bills and not one cent more — forget a savings account — who knows that she’s one unexpected expense…one broken bone, or dropped phone, or flat tire from slipping back under water, it’s not hard to identify with the OP, and to see all of the ways this country is designed to let the rich keep rising, as those of us just trying to break even keep getting knocked off the ledge just as we find a foothold.