Sunday, January 9, 2011

And it's only going to get worse

By "it" I mean the level of frustration and discontent that is going to lead to marches, protests, and sadly, violence too. The attempted assassination of Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona shows how we have become a nation polarized like never before. Some of today's "silent majority" are likely to become tomorrow's marchers. Look at how the Tea Party sprang up from nowhere. And it wouldn't surprise me if the most extreme in our society, from both the left and the right, resorted to arson and armed violence.

People are frustrated. Unemployment, despite what the statistics say, doesn't appear to be getting any better. The long-term unemployed will some day not have their unemployment benefits extended. Then what? The hard working middle class resents the lavish pay and benefits our civil servants receive, while they survive paycheck to paycheck. The wealthy resent paying taxes that fund the social programs that benefit others. Desperate people do desperate things, and both extremes seem to be getting more....extreme.

Let's face facts: Social benefits will be cut. We can't afford them. Taxes will go up. We need the money. Both the "have's" and "have not's" will be royally pissed. Keep your eye on the events now taking place in Europe, as IMO this is what we'll eventually be seeing here, too.

When will things reach the boiling point? Beats me. But I'm afraid it will be sooner rather than later.

S

2 comments:

  1. We had a meeting at work before the New Year and it looks like everything is going over seas slowly...what about us over here??? We need to have jobs to support ourselves

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