One of the most interesting things about writing a blog musing and brainstorming about today’s issues, is the varied reaction from column to column. While politics is an interesting topic for sure, and gets reaction .. two other issues seems to take center stage. They both intertwine with each other…and seem to dominate what Americans really want to talk about.
One is the discussion is religion in America..and how extremes from the right…or the non-religious/ atheist left …seem to dominate they debate . The other hot topic is about health care in America…and how that debate is also framed by two extremes. Part of the gridlock in America is the polarization of the American people. Seems we live on the edges these days, with an all or nothing approach dominating the scene. Add in the new laws that allow our emotionally challenged billionaire friends to enjoy unlimited use of their money to emphasis whatever they’re particular flavor of the day is.
The tea party gang thought it was important to move back 50 years and relive the debate about contraception. Were even revisiting big brothers roll in controlling a women’s right to decide about her own reproductive choices. With world economies battling through serious turmoil… and gainful employment so hard to find..isn’t it disturturbing that chunks of the republican party are more interested in manadating governmental proping of their fellow Americans.We’ve got state after state making access to planned parenthood more and more difficult…with applause from Romney and the rightwing. Public policy is often fueled by big money donors.. not exactly representative of the people.
On the other hand public debate about a cetain “untouchable” issues seems to be off ” the table” if you talk to the more ”‘secularist ” crowd. Serious discussion and brainstorming about what to do about social security and medicare seems to be he holy grail of non-discussion. AARP, the Democratic party and all type of big spenders don’t want to accept the reality of not dealing with our unsustaniable future where over 50% of every American household will receive some type of governmental support. We will need to slighly raise the ages of retirees…and slightly raise the rate of taxation. We cant expect a tax rate for social security to remain at 7.25 perecent forever…a half a point raise wouldn’t be unthinkable. Issues like means testing of our senior citizens is something that needs to happen. Citizens 65 and older that have substantial income and assets need to have SS benefits moderated and medicare co-payments raised. They were fortunate in life..and they could have been on the other side of the equation. Im also personally aware of several people that were able to get the governmental approved ” disability” ..a portion of these people are not at all disabled..and need to be taken off this unfair burden to legitmate taxpayers.. These common sense changes will go a long way in making social security and medicare sustainable for the future.
So as 2012 unfolds, and the debate in America continues to be controlled by the by the well-heeled, religously acive crowd on both sides of the fences… reasoned social and policial debate are pushed to the fringes. Moderate Americans who are willing to make some reasonable choices are put out to pasture…as we allow the social and politcal discussion to be headlined by Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh on the right, and Joe Biden and Rachel Maddow on the left. One of these days .. moderate Americans will have more of a say…but 2012 isn’t looking like the time.