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When was America prosperious like Bill O'Reilly speaks of?
Bill O'Reilly is always talking about "restoring America." Restoration implies a time or date where one wants to return and begin again. Does anyone know when this "restore" date or time in American history was?
AM, for most on the right the ideal time of prosperity was the 1950's uptil lets say the JFK assassination. Everybody knew their places in society and stayed in them. The problem was that the era was much a like a pressure cooker, there were many underlying problems in this nirvana society that wasn't going to remain calm in the boiling cauldron the pot contained. The serenity was misleading. In the 1960's the pot boiled over or virtually exploded. O;Reilley and his like speak of a time that was not the 'good ole days' for everyone.
When politicians or pundits like Bill O'Reilly talk about restoring America its kind of like your parents talking about the good ole days. Most people think fondly upon the past because they tend to glorify the good stuff and ignore the bad stuff.
Economically speaking however, I'd have to say the period that began post-WWII and ran up until about the mid-1970s was clearly the pinnacle of American economic success. The GDP had its highest period of growth and the distribution of wealth stayed fairly constant.
The Prosperity Factor ... is not an American Monopoly... its a Paradox, 97% people of the world have been pondering over ... ever since the idea of Nationhood and States, became popular ...
Even in the 21st century, common folks are still trying to, figure it out ...
The "Prosperity" Paradox ...rests in ... the 1% to 3% advantaged segment, of any population, mainly composed of its "Prosperous" individuals ... Leaders, Politicians, Multinational Corporations, Shareholders and ... their Media ...
Telling the impoverished masses, that their "past" Glory would "soon" be restored ...
Pick up any book of History, read it, and you will find ... That "There never has been, a Past Glory ... in terms of the General Prosperity of 100% people of any country or Society, in Human History ... so far.
Its always these 1% to 3% smart individuals in any human society ... who made themselves Prosperous and continue to make themselves prosperous ... at the terrible cost ... of Human suffering ...
So hang on, my dear 99% Common folks of USA ... to the Prosperity Paradox ... though it is almost the end of year 2011 A.D. !
Ironically, Bill O'Reilly is talking about a prosperous era in which the Democrats dominated Congress from the 1950s through the 1980s. Although there are a lot of negative side effects to government spending, the fact is that it does help to prime the pump and keep the economy growing. Many companies and rich people have made their fortunes from government spending. Of course, some day the bills need to be paid, and we're at that point now (which is one reason our current growth is subpar).
The one thing that would actually restore America's manufacturing base is not popular with conservatives such as Bill O'Reilly. That is going back to a time before the year 2000 when China entered the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the floodgates for U.S. manufactures to leave the U.S. and set up operations in China opened up.
I think O'Reilly is living in the same dellusion as most Americans who remember the good ole days. Whenever that was, I wasn't alive yet. I imagine that no matter how far back you go in history (well back to about 1775) , you will find Americans complaining about how we need to "reform" the government and "restore" prosperity. The state of afairs constantly gets worse, but no one can really remember a time when it was much better...Four legs good, two legs better. Are you sure you remember the sign written another way?
I think that Bill is simply out of ideas and is parroting some of the talking points that are handed to him. I do not think that there is a genuine nostalgia for anything going on here.
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