A Question For Americans…Anno Domini 2013

Question MarkBusiness survival is simple: Profit, or die. Government is less obvious but a reasonable measure might be Ronald Reagan’s famous use of: “Are you better off than you were?” Businessfolk lie to us at their peril; that is illegal, and punished. The politicians who have made that illegal have excluded themselves from that prohibition; their lies should embarrass used car salesmen and the pols think nothing about it–and to our own misfortune, no more do we. Considering this universal pattern, raises questions.

Here, following a short list of salient facts,  is one such question for Democrats, Republicans and all others:

1. We and our kids seem less safe in our civil society than was true for much of last century.

2. A single worker adequately supported many families for nearly 2/3’s of the last century, after that, most women have had to work.

3. United States education rank 28th in today’s world; a few decades ago, it was no. 1.

4. The U.S. median household income has not returned to the 2007 pre-recession level and some 15% of Americans now live in poverty, per the U.S. Census Department.

5. The participation of Americans in the work force is at a 35 year low.

QUESTION: Have the lives and prospects of Americans improved significantly since 1970 and if so, do they seem likely to continue to improve?


About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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