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Response to Kablooie (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 12:17 AM

9. I have long thought that the high water mark of this country was the Kennedy Presidency.

One can quibble about the exact high water point, but our decline can clearly be dated to Ronald Reagan's time in office.

The essential reason that most people don't get that we are declining is that we still seem to have a powerful military. Right now an inordinate and unconscionable amount of our budget goes into the military, rather than into things that actually improve lives, such as health care, education, or infrastructure.

I like to say that we are a lot like Spain in 1587. In that year Spain strode the globe, colonizing at will, taking gold and other resources as it wanted. But the next year, 1588 it made the mistake of trying to invade England. Bad idea. Not only were English ships and sailors a fuck of a lot better than they'd anticipated, but a nasty storm sprang up and did a lot of damage to their fleet. No invasion of England, alas.

After that it was pretty much all downhill, although it wasn't obvious for some years.

It's also crucial to know that Spain made the deliberate decision NOT to tax the wealthy, but instead shifted the tax burden to the poor. Sound familiar?

We are like Spain in the late 16th century. We are still pouring money into our military, cutting taxes for the rich, increasing them for the poorer people. We currently have military bases in some 70 countries. The only reason we haven't been summarily tossed out in recent years is that our military does bring a lot of money into the local economies. But that won't last forever. Either they'll get tired of us and toss us out, or our economic realities will cause us to leave. Although that last may not happen soon enough, unfortunately. Eventually we will not be able to afford that bloated military, no matter how much everything else is cut. And at some point people will no longer stand for the crumbling infrastructure, the lack of social supports, the declining standard of living everywhere. Unfortunately, by the time that happens it will probably be too late, and we will suddenly look around and realize we are at best a second rate country.

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