October 2011 to October 2015: What Has Changed In America?

Low incomes, illegal immigrants, the homeless, veteran suicides....

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The Lead Concerns in October 2011:

Here is what concerned us in October 2011:

> A rapidly growing National Debt

> Unemployment

> Public Dissatisfaction With Government

> Foreign Wars

> Trade Imbalances

> An upcoming election

The Lead Concerns In October 2015:

> An upcoming election

> Trade Imbalances

> Foreign Wars

> Public Dissatisfaction With Government

> Unemployment

> A Rapidly Growing National Debt

What, if anything, has changed in four years?

Looking at America's National Debt we find it has changed.

In October 2011 the National Debt was approximately $16,000.000,000,000, costing $600 million in interest each day, with each taxpayer's share amounting to $133,000.

On October 1, 2015 the National Debt is $18,410,000,0000, costing many more millions in interest each day, with each taxpayer's share amounting to $155,000.

Looking at Public Dissatisfaction With Government

The three major Republican candidates for the presidency are each "outsiders" who have never held a national political office! While all the major candidates vying for that office among the Democrats are candidates who have held national offices in the current government.

Over the past four years public satisfaction with the Congress, Courts, and the presidency has consistently stayed in the dissatisfied numbers.

Looking at Foreign Wars we find that we still have military advisors in Iraq, conventional forces in Afghanistan, and pilots flying attack missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, as well as drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, while it appears clear that America's military will soon be called upon to increase offensive operations against the latest enemy, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Looking at America''s Trade Imbalances we find that the entire world economy has been shaken by an American economic scandal, followed by migrations from Syria and North Africa threatening the unity and economies of Europe, while Americans continue to buy substantially more as imports than they sell as exports.

And, looking at the Upcoming Election of November 2016, we see little real attention being given to any one of these problems left over from October 2011, although one candidate (Dr. Ben Carson) has proposed balancing the budget by allowing retirements to cut the federal workforce (by not hiring replacements) and bringing the budget into balance in 3-4 years.

The National Debt continues to grow with another new ceiling for massive spending and indebtedness having just been approved by Congress and signed by the president.

Unemployment is improving, as long as we don't have another financial crisis which some experts are predicting with some big banks still too big to fail., and the stock market down sharply.

Conclusion:

"The more things change, the more they are the same." And there are new problems in addition to ISIS. Pay stagnation, income inequality,drugs, lack of judicial reform, decaying infrastructure, political polarization, social upheavals, declining religious practice, adrift immigration and tax policies, all simply add to the unaddressed problems the next Congress and Executive will face with a Supreme Court likely to see a series of new faces also.

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© 2015 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.




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On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the highest ever and 10 the lowest ever, how would you rate America's morale as of October 2015?

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Perspycacious 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

I am concerned that President Obama has been slow to act in the past, and now will be even slower for fear of tripping when he is almost done his presidency. If that is the case, we are likely to get battered in the next 14 months by those who will take advantage of his indecisiveness.


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aviannovice 14 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I am amazed that the world as it is has lasted this long


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Perspycacious 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Deb, and just what are you doing up at this time of the night, taking photos of Owls? The world is amazing. isn't it. You, too.


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aviannovice 14 months ago from Stillwater, OK

It was a tough work week. I fell asleep early, so now I pay the price. Will be up early for the lake(finally!). Back to Nod in a moment.


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Perspycacious 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Deb, Wishing you a wonderful weekend and great birding. I hit the sack right after sending my response to your comment. Good for us that each week has a weekend, and a Sabbath.

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