|"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast"
|"The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth, shall be watered also himself."
-- Proverbs 11:25
But at the end of the day, the real problem with this country is that one of our political parties not only doesn't give a shit about the stability of this country, and in fact has powerful incentives to dismantle it. It's both an ideological thing---stability is dependent on more equality, which they oppose above all other things---but it's also a political thing, which they've come to realize. Republicans have been kept in check in the past by fear that if they destroy this country, they have to pay a major price for it. But it seems what they've learned from the Bush debacle is that if they destroy this country, all they have to do is make sure the Democrats can't fix it properly, and then they can blame the Democrats and return to power to deliver more destruction. There's no incentive to behave, and many incentives to tear shit up.Yup. And most Americans simply refuse to see this. Yesterday I had a lunchtime discussion with a co-worker. She and her family came here from a Soviet-era country when she was sixteen. For some reason, she believes that people on "welfare" (defined by her as Section 8 housing) live better than she does. Did I mention that she has a rental house with a Section 8 tenant? I was explaining to her about what an end to Medicare and Social Security would mean, and her response was "Doesn't the government have to take care of you if you get sick?"