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The Sad Truth

Losing Our Way by Bob Herbert, NYT
 


26 March 2011 at 9:32:22 AM
humanbeing

"So here we are pouring shiploads of cash into yet another war, this time in Libya, while simultaneously demolishing school budgets, closing libraries, laying off teachers and police officers, and generally letting the bottom fall out of the quality of life here at home.

Welcome to America in the second decade of the 21st century. An army of long-term unemployed workers is spread across the land, the human fallout from the Great Recession and long years of misguided economic policies. Optimism is in short supply. The few jobs now being created too often pay a pittance, not nearly enough to pry open the doors to a middle-class standard of living.

Arthur Miller, echoing the poet Archibald MacLeish, liked to say that the essence of America was its promises. That was a long time ago. Limitless greed, unrestrained corporate power and a ferocious addiction to foreign oil have led us to an era of perpetual war and economic decline. Young people today are staring at a future in which they will be less well off than their elders, a reversal of fortune that should send a shudder through everyone.

The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely."

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1 - salon   26 Mar 2011 @ 7:26:41 PM 

I'll miss Bob Herbert. There should be more voices that are for the people.


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2 - humanbeing   26 Mar 2011 @ 8:41:31 PM 

I call Mr. Herbert a real humanbeing. I think we'll be hearing more from him in the future, just not in the Times.


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