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How America Became a Third World Country

May 22, 2013

usa-upside-down-good-picCould it be the beginning of the end? The picture painted by Mattea Kramer and Jo Comerford in an article that appeared in Huffington Post on May 21, may be too true for action or inaction. To read article please visit: How America Became a Third World Country.

The author’s state:

“….. It’s 2023 – they (America) went on for a decade, making no exception for effective programs vital to America’s economic health that were already underfunded, like job training and infrastructure repairs.”

“….. back in time to 2013 — critical spending for education, environmental protection, and scientific research was not spared (budget cuts)”

“….. public investment had been a key to U.S. prosperity in the previous century.”

“….. sequestration proved particularly corrosive from the start because all types of public spending — from grants for renewable energy research and disadvantaged public schools to HIV testing — were to be gutted equally.”

“….. lawmakers wrote sequestration into law they had more than a year to wise up. Yet they did nothing to draft an alternate plan and didn’t even start pointing out the havoc-to-come until just weeks before the deadline.”

“….. cuts weren’t quite as across the board as expected.”

“….. The first ripples of impact (sequestration) began to spread quickly indeed. Losing some government funding, cancer clinics in New Mexico and Connecticut turned away patients. In Kentucky, Oregon, and Montana, shelters for victims of domestic violence cut services. In New York, Maryland, and Alabama, public defenders were furloughed, limiting access to justice for low-income people. In Illinois and Minnesota, public school teachers were laid off. In Florida, Michigan, and Mississippi, Head Start shortened the school year, while in Kansas and Indiana, some low-income children simply lost access to the program entirely. In Alaska, a substance abuse clinic shut down. Across the country, Meals on Wheels cut four million meals for seniors in need.”

“ ….. To avoid furloughs and shorten waits for airline passengers, they allowed the FAA to spend funds that had been intended for long-term airport repairs and improvements.

“And then, of course, the Pentagon asked for an exemption, too.”

“Meat inspectors, the FAA, and the Department of Defense enjoyed special treatment, but the rest of the nation was, as the history books recount, not so lucky.”

“….. just as the sequestration cuts began, carbon concentration in the atmosphere breached 400 parts per million.”

“….. the long-term effects of cutting environmental protection, general research, and basic infrastructure meant that the U.S. government would do little to stem the extreme weather that has, in 2023, become such a part of our world and our lives.”

“….. others argued for a smarter approach: close tax loopholes to raise new revenue, or reduce waste in health care, or place a tax on carbon, or cut excessive spending at the Pentagon. But too few Americans — with too little influence — spoke up, and Washington didn’t listen.”

In closing, should America continues its course of a broken and ineffective government, an energy policy of “no energy policy,” and a disregard of people and planet, the scenario portrayed by Kramer and Comerford is a guarantee. The question is: what can be done – take action, how or take no action, why?

It’s time for the right and left to be one. The crystal ball is the same for all and so is its outcome.

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