Apparently, it's immoral or something. Sometimes, it feels as if the bottom has completely fallen out, and they are going to just let us fall into the pit, where we will starve to death, and die homeless and ill on the streets. It's not that far-fetched, when you think about the way that the city of Detroit - Detroit! Motown! The American automobile! - is being completely abandoned to die. Childhood mortality in Detroit is worse than Panama or Botswana - but the attitude seems to be, "So what? They are the kids of poor Democrat voters!"
The fgront page of the New York Times prints what we all know:Inequality hollows out the soul. The richest becomes distant and disdainful of those "beneath" the, and lose any sense of community. They suffer from gross narcissism. The poorer lose self-confidence, and move into severe depression. Everyone withdraws from civic life, and from any shared self of identity.
It is hard to avoid the conclusion that we become less nice people in more unequal societies. But we are less nice and less happy: Greater inequality redoubles status anxiety, damaging our mental health and distorting our personalities — wherever we are on the social spectrum.Hope is murdered, whether by despair (It’s too big, and I can’t do anything,”) or cynicism (“Why bother? The system stinks and they are all in on it.”)
Either way, it means that inequality triumphs and the American people have surrendered. Any chance of evading a juggernaut combination of Far-Right Wing Evangelicals and the wealthiest 1% owning our government will be gone. They will own all of America's public assets, finish stealing the Trust Funds of Social Security and Medicare, and kick the social contract back to 1898. We can see if it coming, in the Koch Brothers' plan to buy the 2014 elections, every Senate and House, all 36 Governorships....
Chris Christie would be just the man to be President over that new America in 2017. He would create a political machine like the one in New Jersey, a regime of fear, with his trained assistants running every department and commission, just like they do in New Jersey. He would privatize everything government-run service, from schools to prisons to national parks. He'd sell off those useless public lands. He'd stop Medicaid to all that useless public. He would mock the starving.
Isn't that what we see, and fear? That it can't be stopped?