Income inequality used to be a fact of life and not being poor was a goal. Now it’s a right funded by our government. Upward mobility used to be a goal, too, and a value we took pride in. It’s hard to be proud of something others do for you, though, especially when they are paying the bill.
American Ideals and Values
The worst thing about Republicans is that they don’t act like Democrats. Sticking together has never been their strong point, but John Boehner’s doublespeak is undermining America’s conservative party after each new attack from the left. It doesn’t sound like a strategy anymore.
With the White House focused on securing Barack Obama’s legacy despite a rocky second term, birth control and unemployment benefits should be the least of the president’s worries. He is, after all, a big picture person being dragged down by details that stand in the way of implementing his unique take on populism.
It hit me while I watched the FBI agent with the perpetual five o’clock shadow riding home on the subway, elbow to elbow with other bedraggled working class commuters. Having endured several hours of The Wolf of Wall Street’s antihero drinking, drugging, and womanizing his way through untold millions of ill-gotten gain only to run afoul of this stalwart, middle class government employee, I realized that this wasn’t about financial sector corruption.
Americans deserve better than the litany of bad laws that kick in every January. We start every year shaking our heads in disbelief at new laws and regulations that scream legislative abuse and special interest pandering and pose a real danger to those unfamiliar with new infractions and their penalties.