The disparity in the U.S.'s wealth distribution grows more and more blatant weekly as the middle class shrinks and the ranks of the underclass bloats with more and more hunger and impoverishment.
America has to be a place of great joy but growing angst for those sitting atop the heap of the population beneath them.
Never before have the rich had it so good, yet that's becoming more and more obvious to those who've never had it so bad. And that expanding emotional stress has to be unsettling to Bush's favorite people, the "haves" and "have mores." I expect these conflicting feelings will propagate as economic conditions worsen in the months ahead.
As example of things I've been reading, this next winter when the reality of the cost to those heating their homes with oil is more than they can afford, it won't take much for them to realize the economy of electric space heaters instead. And with that rush to replace heating oil with electric heaters as their source of warmth, the power grid will collapse, unable to supply the demands placed upon it. (Dada hopes the number who freeze to death while the wealthy party isn't too great.)
And should the U.S. (foolishly) decide to initiate a third war, this one against Iran, in addition to the other two it currently enjoys and is losing, the soaring cost of oil could result in the stranding/decommissioning of millions of trucks and autos in the U.S. due to the prohibitive cost of fuel or, worse, its complete unavailability. (We're already seeing small independent truckers go under; major airlines gasping for air(space) to breathe.)
Did anyone else see today's CBS "Sunday Morning's" segment about The Mall in our nation's capital? Chip Reid who provided the report asked, "The National Mall, where heroes are honored, protests are waged, our independence celebrated, has stood as a source of pride for some 40 years. But today, look more closely and you’ll see a National Mall that’s a monument to neglect. Can the mall be saved?"
Dada asks, "Should it be saved?"
Images that followed were startling. A lack of adequate restroom facilities, other than two porta-potties, unless you catch a museum open and pass the metal detectors inspection before junior wets his pants, i.e., should it happen to be the museum's open hours.
And then there were the pictures of reflecting ponds filled with non-reflecting algae, one with a dead rotting fish floating on its surface. An uninviting bench overgrown with weeds. Barren earth where there once was grass.
Or a movie production company having to plant 100 feet of grass atop bare earth and weeds and then "cutting and pasting" their grass with a computer to cover the rest of the Mall its entire length for their film.
Then there were the images of the sidewalk around the Jefferson Monument which has sunk 6" toward the pond aside it in the past year! Let's face it,The Mall is in decay just as the nation is too.
Meanwhile, as our congress debates whether to allocate the funds they don't have to repair and upgrade The Mall, estimated at $500 million, some are suggesting private citizens donate to fix it (taxes are for bombs!).
Dada opposes restoration of The Mall to its glory days until the nation's reputation is restored by upgrading and building needed schools, revamping infrastructure (estimated at $1.5 trillion [!], excluding additional infrastructure needed), providing for social programs that include a total revision of our health care system that currently places us 37th among the First World nations on the planet. Oh,yes, and getting our asses out of the faces of people in places where we don't belong!
I can't imagine anything better than a delapitated, under-staffed, under-maintained and decaying Mall as excellent metaphor for the state of the union. Let all Americans who come to Washington to show their children our glorious history in the museums and monuments around that mall, along with all foreign tourists, many who already recognize what is happening to the U.S., see the effects upon a dying, over-extended empire.
As they danced atop a crumbling wall of Communism in Berlin at the end of the Reagan 80's, let them come, see, and mourn the collapse of imperialistic capitalism, now on its own bed of death!