Things are starting to look mighty bleak, in my point of view. Note:
- The new "healthcare reform" is going to bankrupt our country. I don't see how it can not. You have a "guarantee" of health insurance now for the millions of people who before didn't have insurance because they couldn't afford it. Nothing has changed since then, in fact the economy has take a sudden and distinct downturn over the past few years, so if they couldn't afford it then, they certainly can't afford it now. There have even been major employers looking at dropping healthcare coverage in favor of just paying the fine for not having health insurance because it would save them many millions of dollars. The math just doesn't add up.
- Property prices have grown stagnantly lower (I may be grumbling because I haven't sold my house yet) and people think nothing of walking away from their mortgages (which drives prices even lower) while banks talk about "readjusting" people's mortgages downward (where do we get in line for this? I would certainly like money just given to me). I have never seen a time when people didn't have pride of ownership in the land.
- People now get 99 WEEKS(!) of unemployment. That's nearly two years of people being on the public dole. I can see some unemployment insurance for a few months so people have a bit of time to find a job, any job, and get back to earning an income but giving a handout for TWO YEARS is a disincentive to work. Without work there is no economy. And when people get used to entitlement program, that is the downward death spiral for not only the economy but for society in general.
- Social Security is going to collapse like a house of cards in a breeze. If I had any graphic ability at all I would draw a picture of this, but sadly I don't. I do know, however, that Social Security worked fine when the Boomer generation was employed in full force and paying into the system to support those who retired before them. Now that the Boomers are going to be receiving Social Security in full force, there doesn't appear to be enough workers, earning enough money in which to tax, to support such a program. Again, I am not a math genius but I believe I have a handle on addition and subtraction.
- The illegal immigration situation has no answer that I can think of. Human migration is a fact...it has been part of the human experience since the first people walked out of Africa. I don't hate illegal immigrants, in fact the ones I know are very hard workers and came to the US fleeing from all kinds of horrible situations (not just from Mexico but from Europe, Asia, and Africa as well). But with no way to control the flood of migrants (and the drug dealers/criminals/other riff raff that comes with them) since walls don't work (apparently no one pointed this out to the US government...you know, Great Wall of China, Hadrian's Wall, etc), I shudder to think what will become of our country. Our southern border is now a freakin war zone in some parts thanks to the drug cartels in Mexico (and yes I know, the drug users in the US).
Hopefully I will have a cheerier disposition tomorrow. If nothing else, I will have some ideas for dealing with these problems.