A PhD in Economics. Author of National Economic Reform's Ten Articles of Confederation.
In a world that is constantly changing where does this nation stand? When we consider the tumultuous last four years where everything that could go wrong did was reason enough to realize this nation was indeed in serious trouble. Mistakes that we let happen. Yes, we the people allowed the past Administration, Trump, from day one to carry on in an unethical, moronic and egotistical manner. Un Presidential in every way that almost brought down this nation. In complicit to the torrents of disasters were many Republicans in Congress. They aligned themselves with the train wreck of the Trump Administration.
Through-out the course of history there have been those events orchestrated by man that defined a generation. So it was that in the 18th century saw a generation on two continents become embroiled in revolution. These separate revolutions were the two most singular events during the latter half of the 1700's. A period which altered the course of history. The world in 1781 marked the end of the American Revolution which gave birth to what was to become that great noble experiment of Democracy. But, across the Atlantic seeds of another rebellion were already being sewed. A way of life for the Monarchy and the French Nobility was about to come to a violent tragic end.
In today's high tech world the prospect of living longer is all but assured by the marvels of modern medicine. But, with the advances in medical technology and updated vaccines has always come with purse strings. Through-out history it has always been the more affluent that are the first ones and in many cases are the only ones to be the beneficiaries of medicine and medical procedures. In too many instances people have died just because of the affordability factor. Case in point: When the AIDS vaccine was first introduced to increase the life expectancy of those infected was available to only those who could afford it. Consequently, more people even to this day succumb to this deadly disease.
When President-Elect Biden proposed his latest economic recovery plan the intentions of which are sound but, therein lies potential setbacks to authentic economic stabilization of our economy. We have to point out that any increase in basic wages my sound like a dream come true for millions but, conversely consumer goods have always risen proportionally to any increase in incomes. A case in point : When the Alaska pipe line was being constructed wages for the average construction worker was around $80,000 per year. What was not readily explained was the fact that rent, food, even gas for commuting correspondingly rose as well. The bottom line is the fact that these construction workers barely had enough disposable income to really have any net gain in their financial situation.
In light of what happened on January 6th we should be reminded of the great struggles that were fought in order to establish this nation. This is one such story.
We have witnessed the reshaping of history this past month. It is the reshaping of history that always starts out with a vengeance. And, so it was. The ever encroaching Father Time who waits for no man, who day after day, night after night has relentlessly and unapologetically turned the pages of the history of man. The struggle for decency has resurfaced in this the 21st century. For far too long the United States has relinquished it's role as the beacon of hope and opportunity. The dark clouds of the past four years has only exasperated the growing struggles for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In all probability Global population will exceed 10 billion by the year 2050. The impact of such an influx growth of the world's population on existing food supplies without first increasing the resources to avail more harvestable edible food crops the world will come face to face with a Global Famine that would trigger a catastrophe of Biblical proportions. The question every government must now be asking; how will we be able to thwart a pending disaster and still be able to feed the hungry multitudes on a Global scale?
Today, we are seeing many Republican members of Congress spawn open aggression by ignoring the rule of law. The rule of law by their blatant refusal to accept our democratic process could very well engulf the United States into yet another civil war. The consequences of their actions show that they have unilaterally dragged the United States down into the swamp that is filled with treacherous undertows that could very well sink America. This raises concerning questions at a time when this nation is engulfed in a quagmire of unsettling contingencies regarding how to eradicate the Pandemic that has caused so much devastation all across the country.