Saturday, October 08, 2011

Is it really that bad in the US now?

Granted my knowledge of current events in my home country is limited and seems to be getting smaller every day. But, the little pieces of information I do get lead me to believe that things in the US keep getting worse not better. We have been fighting in Afghanistan for ten years now and I am seeing projections that the US will continue active combat missions there for at least another decade. The economy appears to be in the worst shape it has been since the 1930s. Now evidently there are mass protests erupting throughout the US. Honestly the US is starting to look like the Soviet Union during its last days. An endless war in Afghanistan, an economy that has so many structural problems that successful reform looks impossible, massive and open discontent by the population, and a weak leader unable to effectively deal with these problems. I am not sure how accurate this impression is of the situation in the US. But, it is certainly the image that I am getting from the bits and pieces of news I do receive.

4 comments:

Walt Richmond said...

You're spot on. The US is a dying empire.

J. Otto Pohl said...

I was hoping somebody would tell me I was wrong. Oh well I was going to stay in Ghana for a while anyways.

Walt Richmond said...

The big debate in the Republican primaries is whether or not Romney's a Christian. Perry has the endorsement of a guy who said only a true Christian should be president. That's how far American politics have descended into medieval absurdity.

LFC said...

I think it's a stretch to compare the US economy structurally with that of the USSR in its last days. Which is not to minimize the real problems (relatively high unemployment, income and wealth inequality, foreclosures, etc.), but in terms of the underlying structure of the two economies I don't think it's a very sound comparison.