Solve some of our biggest economic, social and foreign problems today just doesn't seem possible. Our politicians and even some of our private leaders want us to think it just can't be done. Too complicated, too many competing factions, too little resources, etc.
Really? It seems that our recent history would suggest otherwise. Early 1942, the United States is gearing up against war with not one but two superpowers. Germany in particular is well ahead of the curve militarily and innovative wise. Yet within a year the US is able to turn factories into producing enough equipment so that by the end of 1943 the war was turning in our favor. At the time we were far more small town and farm based. Tens of thousands of young people before computers or even social security numbers to track them. Yet we found them, trained them and got them to the battle field.
The 1950s we are still for the most a patchwork of 1930s roads. We usher in the great highway program. Suddenly travel times are cut by half to two thirds. Then there is jet travel which does the same. This of course has a tremendous benefit for business.
The 1960s and we are behind in the space race with Russia. JFK challenges the country to land on the moon before the end of the decade. Using 1960s technology will do it. A time in which very few people knew anything about computers and only medium to large companies had computers, solely within the confines of their headquarters.
So how is it a country that once mobilized all of its fit young men for battle using hand written lists can't solve any problem today? The elites, that's why.
The elites have taken most of the wealth gain over the past ten plus years. For them every year brings in greater income, increased investments, an enhanced lifestyle, and a brighter future for them and their families. Their peers are experiencing the same. The elites write the six figure checks to politicians and PACs. The message is clear, don't change a thing.
The politicians do nothing despite their non stop blabbering on cable news. The kings and queens of the private sector see no need for change. We're too divided, too poor, too dumb and too dispirited.
Don't let anyone convince you our issues aren't solvable. We could dramatically change the course of our country inside a year. But it won't happen. This option has been taken off the table.
Instead, the middle and upper middle class will continue to implode and squabble among each other. There will be millions more of new poor and the poor will continue to fight each other. The Harvard MBAs will continue to see their incomes and investments soar. Their children will get Surface Pros, vacations to Europe, Iphone 7s, their pets of choice complete with training and grooming services, admission into great private schools and valuable internships. Your kid might get a job at Home Depot or Petsmart making $10 an hour.
There is no going back. We must now count on a change within an economic reset. Our county is not built and cannot survive in its current form solely on the largess of the top 10%. We already see what lower tax revenues are doing to government services and government debt. The dye is cast. Like the 2007 Wall Street CEOs the elites will never will comprehend the economic disaster they have created as reality doesn't bode well for their narrative.
This isn't a call to action today. That is useless, our leaders have no intention listening. Eventually the economic and government system will break down from too much strain and not enough contribution. Stock and bond markets will plummet. Companies will fail.
Those in power will want to reenact 2008 on a wider scale. Its at that point we pounce. We stop paying our debts, we refuse to move out of our foreclosed home, we flood Congressmen and Senators with hate emails. We make them sweat. We demand a reboot to the system.