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Old May 21st, 2013, 11:22 AM   #1
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How America Became a Third World Country (2013-2023)

How America Became a Third World Country (2013-2023) | Common Dreams

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It’s 2023 -- and this is America 10 years after the first across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration went into effect. They went on for a decade, making no exception for effective programs vital to America’s economic health that were already underfunded, like job training and infrastructure repairs. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

Traveling back in time to 2013 -- at the moment the sequester cuts began -- no one knew what their impact would be, although nearly everyone across the political spectrum agreed that it would be bad. As it happened, the first signs of the unraveling which would, a decade later, leave the United States a third-world country, could be detected surprisingly quickly, only three months after the cuts began. In that brief time, a few government agencies, like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), after an uproar over flight delays, requested -- and won -- special relief. Naturally, the Department of Defense, with a mere $568 billion to burn in its 2013 budget, also joined this elite list. On the other hand, critical spending for education, environmental protection, and scientific research was not spared, and in many communities the effect was felt remarkably soon.

Robust public investment had been a key to U.S. prosperity in the previous century. It was then considered a basic part of the social contract as well as of Economics 101. As just about everyone knew in those days, citizens paid taxes to fund worthy initiatives that the private sector wouldn’t adequately or efficiently supply. Roadways and scientific research were examples. In the post-World War II years, the country invested great sums of money in its interstate highways and what were widely considered the best education systems in the world, while research in well-funded government labs led to inventions like the Internet. The resulting world-class infrastructure, educated workforce, and technological revolution fed a robust private sector.

Austerity Fever

In the early years of the twenty-first century, however, a set of manufactured arguments for “austerity,” which had been gaining traction for decades, captured the national imagination. In 2011-2012, a Congress that seemed capable of doing little else passed trillions of dollars of what was then called “deficit reduction.” Sequestration was a strange and special case of this particular disease. These across-the-board cuts, instituted in August 2011 and set to kick in on January 2, 2013, were meant to be a storm cloud hanging over Congress. Sequestration was never intended to take effect, but only to force lawmakers to listen to reason -- to craft a less terrible plan to reduce deficits by a wholly arbitrary $1.2 trillion over 10 years. As is now common knowledge, they didn’t come to their senses and sequestration did go into effect. Then, although Congress could have cancelled the cuts at any moment, the country never turned back.

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These are the roads under which we have sunk in our economy. In having the highest debt and nothing to show for it...no new roads, no road and bridge repairs, no improvement in education, no improvement in health care, etc. All the debt has gone to the rich to be richer, and they refuse to create jobs in this nation. Why? This economic policy of the republican right wing has Destroyed our economy. After 35 years, we have lowered our standard of living.
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Old May 21st, 2013, 04:29 PM   #2
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These are the roads under which we have sunk in our economy. In having the highest debt and nothing to show for it...no new roads, no road and bridge repairs, no improvement in education, no improvement in health care, etc. All the debt has gone to the rich to be richer, and they refuse to create jobs in this nation. Why? This economic policy of the republican right wing has Destroyed our economy. After 35 years, we have lowered our standard of living.
Yep we are borrowing our way into poverty.


Number 1 cause of Poverty : Single parenthood, cause Breakdown of the family.


Number 2. Massive debt.


Number one cause of Divorce Money problems.

Now the left is doing to the nation what, Greed has done for families. Buying votes to gain power via Massive Debt.

This is why the Left hates Childern, They want to party today, for their children must pay
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Oh so Obama has nothing to do with poverty then. It's all people's fault.
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Yep we are borrowing our way into poverty.


Number 1 cause of Poverty : Single parenthood, cause Breakdown of the family.


Number 2. Massive debt.


Number one cause of Divorce Money problems.

Now the left is doing to the nation what, Greed has done for families. Buying votes to gain power via Massive Debt.

This is why the Left hates Childern, They want to party today, for their children must pay
Not really. We've had those situations throughout our history as humans.

No, this is much more controlled and sinister. It's shipping good wages overseas even though there were no profits lost by corporations here. It's downturning the wages and then allowing the bankers to be investors and they raise the cost of shelter..and require fixed pricing on rentals...raise them up. Then we tear away the health care benefits once gotten through employers which was cheap,because you had massive amounts of companies going to one insurance company or another. We have competition in the market place and that was destroyed by Reagan allowing one company to buy out another, even if the other did not want to sell. We have then the introduction of corporations serving on government departments. What was once a government that made a level playing field for the American worker, was now the erosion of worker rights. The government became the corporations and the corporations became the government..and squeezed out the 99% of Americans, taking away their benefits, pensions, wages, affordable housing, savings, and THAT was the down turn of our nation.

The only MORAL issue is the bedfellowship and corruption of our government elected officials who serve only the rich and corporations...
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Oh so Obama has nothing to do with poverty then. It's all people's fault.
GOVERNMENT has something to do with poverty now...republican legislation..going on now to make the poor poorer so the rich get more tax cuts and welfare.

House GOP panel moves on deep budget cuts

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Republicans controlling the House pressed ahead Tuesday with slashing cuts to domestic programs far deeper than the cuts departments like Education, Interior and State are facing under an already painful round of automatic austerity.

Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and the Pentagon would be spared under the plan approved by the House Appropriations Committee on a party-line vote, but legislation responsible for federal firefighting efforts and Indian health care would absorb a cut of 18 percent below legislation adopted in March.

At issue are deep agency budget cuts required under automatic across-the-board reductions that are the result of Washington being unable to agree of alternative ways to curb the deficit. This year, the cuts are being applied to domestic agencies and the Pentagon both; Tuesday's plan is for the 2014 budget year beginning Oct. 1 and restores cuts to the military while making cuts to domestic programs favored by Democrats even deeper.

The plan lacks specifics but focuses the biggest cuts on a huge domestic spending bill that funds aid to local school districts, health research and enforcement of labor laws.

Capitol Hill's budget would be untouched, however. House GOP leaders, who have boasted recently of their efforts to cut Congress' generous budget, opted against cutting further below levels imposed under the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that began taking effects in March. In fact, the House would get a 1.6 percent budget increase when measured against current levels.

The foreign aid budget would be sharply cut as well, while a bill funding the IRS budget and implementation of new financial regulations would absorb a 20 percent cut from levels approved just two months ago.

The panel's 12 funding bills make up the approximately $1 trillion portion of the $3.6 trillion federal budget that passes Congress each year in the form of day-to-day operating budgets for agencies. This so-called discretionary portion of the budget is moving through the Appropriations committees in an increasingly arduous path that bears little resemblance to the way Congress is supposed to do its work.

Under a 2011 budget deal, the panel was supposed to receive about $1.06 trillion for the 12 appropriations bills; the House panel is instead stuck with $967 billion under the so-called sequestration imposed as punishment for Washington's inability to follow up the 2011 deal with further deficit cuts.

"This is going to be a tough year," said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky. "The guillotine of sequestration has fallen, and I think we all agree that its consequences have been, and will continue to be, very harmful."

The panel's move came as Democrats and Republicans remain sharply apart on broader budget issues like taxes. Top Senate Democrats and a handful of sympathetic Republicans tried in futility Tuesday to take steps to create a House-Senate negotiating panel on broader budget issues like taxes and curbing the rising costs of benefit programs like Medicare and food stamps, whose budgets are mostly on autopilot. But tea party Republicans like Rand Paul of Kentucky are blocking the Senate from moving to create a so-called conference committee.
More unemployment...more loss of safety nets for the poor created by past jobs going overseas...and yet, when the banks wanted a bailout...no republican demanded that we increase the taxes of the rich to pay for it.

Go figure.
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Not really. We've had those situations throughout our history as humans.

No, this is much more controlled and sinister. It's shipping good wages overseas even though there were no profits lost by corporations here. It's downturning the wages and then allowing the bankers to be investors and they raise the cost of shelter..and require fixed pricing on rentals...raise them up. Then we tear away the health care benefits once gotten through employers which was cheap,because you had massive amounts of companies going to one insurance company or another. We have competition in the market place and that was destroyed by Reagan allowing one company to buy out another, even if the other did not want to sell. We have then the introduction of corporations serving on government departments. What was once a government that made a level playing field for the American worker, was now the erosion of worker rights. The government became the corporations and the corporations became the government..and squeezed out the 99% of Americans, taking away their benefits, pensions, wages, affordable housing, savings, and THAT was the down turn of our nation.

The only MORAL issue is the bedfellowship and corruption of our government elected officials who serve only the rich and corporations...
Yes we have had these situationas throughout history.

← 1919–1933 → The Weimar Republic

Zimbabwe


Poland, 1989–1990

Soviet Union / Russian Federation
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Foodstamps are good for the economy. I say make edible ones...
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Yes we have had these situationas throughout history.

← 1919–1933 → The Weimar Republic

Zimbabwe


Poland, 1989–1990

Soviet Union / Russian Federation
YOu mean you're not equating this to the 1870's up to the crash of the stock market? Why? That's the closest we have to how our nation is turning the majority of people into poor classes while the rich just get richer.

Unequal America | Harvard Magazine Jul-Aug 2008

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When Majid Ezzati thinks about declining life expectancy, he says, “I think of an epidemic like HIV, or I think of the collapse of a social system, like in the former Soviet Union.” But such a decline is happening right now in some parts of the United States. Between 1983 and 1999, men’s life expectancy decreased in more than 50 U.S. counties, according to a recent study by Ezzati, associate professor of international health at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and colleagues. For women, the news was even worse: life expectancy decreased in more than 900 counties—more than a quarter of the total. This means 4 percent of American men and 19 percent of American women can expect their lives to be shorter than or, at best, the same length as those of people in their home counties two decades ago.

The United States no longer boasts anywhere near the world’s longest life expectancy. It doesn’t even make the top 40. In this and many other ways, the richest nation on earth is not the healthiest. Ezzati’s finding is unsettling on its face, but scholars find further cause for concern in the pattern of health disparities. Poor health is not distributed evenly across the population, but concentrated among the disadvantaged.

Disparities in health tend to fall along income lines everywhere: the poor generally get sicker and die sooner than the rich. But in the United States, the gap between the rich and the poor is far wider than in most other developed democracies, and it is getting wider. That is true both before and after taxes: the United States also does less than most other rich democracies to redistribute income from the rich to the poor.

Americans, on average, have a higher tolerance for income inequality than their European counterparts. American attitudes focus on equality of opportunity, while Europeans tend to see fairness in equal outcomes. Among Americans, differences of opinion about inequality can easily degenerate into partisan disputes over whether poor people deserve help and sympathy or should instead pull themselves up by their bootstraps. The study of inequality attempts to test inequality’s effects on society, and it is delivering findings that command both sides’ attention.

Ezzati’s results are one example. There is also evidence that living in a society with wide disparities—in health, in wealth, in education—is worse for all the society’s members, even the well off. Life-expectancy statistics hint at this. People at the top of the U.S. income spectrum “live a very long time,” says Cabot professor of public policy and epidemiology Lisa Berkman, “but people at the top in some other countries live a lot longer.” Much is still unknown in this dynamic field, where Harvard is home to pioneers who first recognized income inequality as worthy of study and younger scholars at the forefront of its study today. The variety of disciplines featured in presentations of the University’s Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and Social Policy—economics, sociology, political science, public policy, health, medicine, education, law, and business—highlights the field’s broad importance.
Sadly, the republicans did the same thing in the late 1800's they did in 1996. They allowed bankers to become investors..and our economy crashed
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Well, duh. Republicans keep slashing the budget, creating higher unemployment AND refuse to pass the jobs bills the democrats and Obama try to get out. Republcians even REFUSED to put higher taxes on corporations taking jobs OUT of the US and giving bigger tax breaks to corporations who stayed here.

DUh, poverty rate swells..the Do NOthing / Block everything Republcians are busy making up "Scandals" on the president which only shows they are committing crimes against our government.
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