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article imageOp-Ed: The U.S. and its economy won’t be fixed by paid cheerleading

By Paul Wallis     Sep 5, 2008 in Politics
Anyone would think that whoever gets elected will just sprinkle some pixie dust and the US will return to the Disneyland of voters' dreams. That is not going to happen any time soon. America is looking at a very rough ride for years to come.
Anyone who thinks health, education, poverty, the wars, the economy or anything else are going to be fixed by jingles is in need of some sedation.
Neither the economy nor the society are exactly in mint condition. The country is in debt up to its grandchildren’s eyeballs.
Internationally, the US is no longer the world’s only super power. The world’s economic superpowers outperform the United States in just about every aspect. Money trumps military, 90% of the time.
Russia has rebounded, and the Security Council will be re-frozen, even if the Arctic isn’t. China is now a dance partner whether the US likes it or not. Europe is no longer one of the ideological sheep.
The net result of unilateralism, to date, is if you walk off a cliff you tend to do it alone.
Add a couple of wars where contracts have more clout than corpses. Tack on a veterans care system where nobody can be bothered to paint a makeshift old hospital ward until it gets saturation global coverage.
All this, of course, will be solved by a press release.
Or would be, if anyone was actually publishing any news other than endless rehashes of party politicals.
If media could be smoked, injected, or taken internally, this election would be a prohibited substance. This is media narcosis.
The link to biggest crash in months on the Dow got three lines in The New York Times amid the RNC.
Oh, yeah, and according to Bloomberg the US “probably” lost jobs for an eighth consecutive month. Just another 75,000 people out of work, not worth checking out, really.
I wouldn’t accuse Obama or McCain of the staggering naïveté that seems to think this woeful performance can continue.
Just that great self-imposed charity, the fully employed, well paid, freeloaders in US politics, marketing and media.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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