The long U.S. slide to the bottom

I see the GOP is determined to cut the budget of the F.D.A., even as Europe is caught in the grip of an E-coli scare.

I think this brief letter in today’s New York Times says it all.

A Question for the Right

To the Editor:

Re “High-Speed Rail Poised to Alter China” (Business Day, June 23):

As we persist in allowing other countries to outdo us in the development of high-speed rail, the quality of health care, the implementation of cleaner energy solutions, and the rigor of math and science programs in schools, does the “no new taxes under any circumstances or for any reason” right wing have a plan in place to bring us back up from the bottom 20 years from now?

 

9 responses to “The long U.S. slide to the bottom

  1. does the “no new taxes under any circumstances or for any reason” right wing have a plan in place to bring us back up from the bottom 20 years from now?

    Do you feel that government reasonably spends tax revenue or do you think that the government is a money-pit that will waste whatever money it brings in?

    I suggest this:

    Propose a new tax rate and deliver expected revenues. THEN let me cut that exact same amount of money on waste government spending. We’re both happy.

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    • Ever hear of the proposal for a tax receipt that breaks down what your taxes go toward by dollar amount? Cant’ find a link but it’s out there.

      There is absolutely now way an entity as large as the United States can be run without redundancy and waste. Of course that’s no reason not to fight both.

      We disagree though government in general I think. There are many things that only government can do and they do them very very well.

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      • Ever hear of the proposal for a tax receipt that breaks down what your taxes go toward by dollar amount? Cant’ find a link but it’s out there.

        I have; fascinating.

        There is absolutely now way an entity as large as the United States can be run without redundancy and waste. Of course that’s no reason not to fight both.

        Agreed.

        We disagree though government in general I think. There are many things that only government can do and they do them very very well.

        We do. But how about this?

        I will agree to raise taxes if you agree to abolish the minimum wage.

        Or…Unemployment benefits to anyone who has been out of work for more than 26 weeks.

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        • I see both as obligatory. Afer fighting two wars with borrowed money, we should rasise taxes to pay for that at least. Also I think things like minimum wage and unemployment insurance are obligations of a nation. It’s perfectly fine to change some of the rules around both, but abolish? No.

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          • It’s perfectly fine to change some of the rules around both, but abolish? No.

            It seems that we agree we could meet in the middle. What favorite project of the Left would you be willing to give up in order to get the Right to agree to raise taxes?

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          • I don’t think it’s a matter of doing things or not doing things. I think it’s a matter of doing things more efficiently, more cost effectively, applying best practices to our evaluaitons of how programs etc are working.

            We also do a lot of shooting ourselves in the foot, health care being the very best example. We are letting ideology make the decision instead of good practices. IN business, if something isn’t working for you – especially systems – the first thing you do is look around your industry to see who’s doing it right and figure out how and if you can apply the model to your own business. But our governement looks around at what other governments are doing to contain costs and says screw that. Makes no sense to me.

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        • pino, you seriously need to suffer a layoff followed by a long demoralizing period of job hunting characterized by absolutely zero response to applications for jobs you know you’re perfect for; sitting at the computer six hours a day, combing the job boards until you sink into blank depression; finding twenty openings and realizing they all point to the same two or three jobs you applied for yesterday or last week or last month; getting maybe one interview every four months, administered by someone with a quarter of your knowledge and experience; feeling the emotions you weren’t prepared for, like shame, anxiety, and self-doubt; having to tell yourself daily that it wasn’t you, it was the economy, and begin not to believe it, and start asking yourself over and over again, Why was I picked?

          But then of course this would never happen to you; and if it did, you’d be at a new job in a snap. The rest of us are just lazy sluggards who want to max out our unemployment and live off the productive members of society such as you.

          Thanks for the free ride.

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          • a long demoralizing period of job hunting characterized by absolutely zero response to applications for jobs you know you’re perfect for; sitting at the computer six hours a day, combing the job boards until you sink into blank depression; finding twenty openings and realizing they all point to the same two or three jobs you applied for yesterday or last week or last month; getting maybe one interview every four months, administered by someone with a quarter of your knowledge and experience; feeling the emotions you weren’t prepared for, like shame, anxiety, and self-doubt; having to tell yourself daily that it wasn’t you, it was the economy, and begin not to believe it, and start asking yourself over and over again, Why was I picked?

            I’ll stipulate that.

            How long do you think you would suffer through a

            a long demoralizing period of job hunting characterized by absolutely zero response to applications for jobs you know you’re perfect for; sitting at the computer six hours a day, combing the job boards until you sink into blank depression; finding twenty openings and realizing they all point to the same two or three jobs you applied for yesterday or last week or last month; getting maybe one interview every four months, administered by someone with a quarter of your knowledge and experience; feeling the emotions you weren’t prepared for, like shame, anxiety, and self-doubt; having to tell yourself daily that it wasn’t you, it was the economy, and begin not to believe it, and start asking yourself over and over again, Why was I picked?

            before you just took ANY job?

            I mean serious. Even a job at the bookstore would be better. Or how about this? Do an analysis of your current needs and try to figure out what you spend most of your money on. Food maybe, clothes, maybe something else. And then go get a job doing THAT.

            Anyway. I fail to see how the Right wanting to negotiate with the Left over the budget means I don’t resonate with the unemployed.

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  2. Maybe you do resonate with the unemployed, but in this economy, 26 weeks is just not enough.

    And with, what is it now, 5 people for every job opening, taking any job no matter the pay will only help a minority of job seekers.

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