Al Gore originated the term "An Inconvenient Truth". I don't know why he chose such polite words for the huge threat that he speculated about. Perhaps it was because when he coined it we were in a time of more intelligent political debate.
Today there is much truth that has moved from inconvenient to unacceptable to many of the same people who disagreed with Gore's portrayal of the AGW debate back then.
The denials here every day are legion.
The truth is that the Great Recession was the perfect storm of inept government and bad business. Business that had no higher calling than taking everything possible from as many people as possible as fast as possible. (Don't forget to see the new "Wall Street" movie. I hear that it's pretty accurate and an eye opener.)
The truth of that statement over the few years that it ran our country adds up to trillions of dollars which we have no choice but to pass on to our grandchildren. We're not likely to be referred to by them as the greatest generation.
Much of that cost that we must pass on stems from the selling of our middle class to China as part of a strategy that put most of the proceeds from that sale in the hands of a few of the economic royalty that lipsticked that pig. Told us not to focus on the lost jobs, but on the cheap plastic trinkets available at big box stores across the land.
We are where we are. The jobs are gone. The wealthy are still trying to avoid paying any taxes to support the recovery of the people that they made poor. The middle class is rightly speculating that retirement will be impossible for them ever. Not only retirement, but college for their kids, new homes, new cars, many of the things that we who helplessly watched the process have taken for granted.
Every day we read here that the solution is to make the wealthy wealthier. Sound familiar? Take more from the middle class so that the wealthy can enhance their control and sell more of our heritage to other countries. Precisely more of what got us here.
Are we smart enough to say enough is enough? It's a critical decision. I personally am positive that even two more years of the sell the US game is intolerable to the economy.
The middle class or the wealthy. Despite our natural cultural abhorrence of such a choice, it's been made a necessary one by the people who don't recognized the words, enough is enough. As long as someone else has a dollar their job is unfinished.
The middle class is America. We need to fight for America. It's our right and our duty to our predecessors, ourselves and our progeny.
Wealth is ultimately produced by those who work. American wealth is not produced in China. We need to go back to what brought us to the economic pinnacle. We need to go back to work.