2011-01-10 22:25:20 UTC
a disturbed individual or seen as a reflection of the way US
society is going (and has been going for some time).
B. People are frustrated with a jobless recovery, emphasized by the
release of figures showing that the unemployment rate in the US
is going down NOT because more jobs are created but because 270
000 people ceased looking for a job (or rather ceased reporting
to employment agencies, which is not the same thing)
C. While ALL OTHER industrialized Capitalist countries see free
healthcare as a basic human right, the US begs to disagree.
D. On the matter of taxes, the richest 1% in the US gets off with
outrageous tax cuts (as it does in France). And yet, lower
middle-class Americans are still viscerally opposed to
increasing taxes for the well-to-do (contrary to France). An
extraordinary situation. Usually, when a country is hit by
economic recession, the population angrily demands higher
taxation of the wealthy. Wealth should be re-distributed after
E. The US is truly unique in being able to encourage capital
accumulation (tepid as it might be) of the rich WITH THE ASSENT
of the lower-income rest of the population.
F. The stunning contradictions between forced poverty and
subservience on the one hand, and ideological acquiescence and
absence of anti-rich rhetoric on the part of the have-nots on
the other is a feat that is due, IMHO, to the power of the
American media in shaping the aspirations and worldview of
American society. This results in an insane loner, a
down-trodden victim of the "System" taking his anger out ... on
someone who voted for universal health care.