While a big turkey dinner is in order, I would like to contribute a dish for you to chew on, after all, as the things goes now, maybe we shall think about what would be on our table in the next few years: What progress we made two years after President Trump’s inauguration?
Top Issue #1. The years of wars in the Middle East that is draining our financial strength (more than seven trillion) –
The troop is still there firing the dirty into ashes and giving no peace to the refugees of the region. Now it looks like Trump’s administration also wants to liaison with Saudi Arab to fight with Iran. The Saudi Arab crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, although young in age, is a deep rooted feudalist dictatorial. By blocking democracy and kill the free spirit of the country, the Prince may not realize he has lost an important aid who can give him invaluable honest feedback on the true situation of his ruling. By siding irresponsibly and calling black as white to argue for the Saudi Arab regime, what is United States want to demonstrate to the world what it values? The question is, are we fighting on the principle of our value or gangster with corruption? Is Iran really our enemy just because they have different options? How is Arab different from Iran in that regard?
Top Issue #2. The financial deregulation that causes 2008 financial crisis in the first place and still is a time boom as stock price going to unprecedent territory – With millions of American can not afford medical insurance, and the housing price having the biggest jump of last few decades after 2008 financial crisis, the government is cutting down and striping away people’s security net; the gap between the haves and have-not has never been this wide. Not only Trump’s administration did nothing to narrow down the gaps, it went further to cut the taxes for the riches so the super riches enjoy even more stock market runs, further twisted the wealth distribution to unprecedented proportion; the sky-rocketed stock market may be painting a superficial pretty picture of the economy, but is actually driven the country and the world to even more dangerous zone since the end of 2016.
President Trump kept on asking Fed to lower interest. This is like asking a patient who has not recovered from its recent heart attack to take more boot to get high; is this a doctor with right mind?
Top Issue #3.The losing of industrial manufacturing base – Is American employment picture fundamentally improved? Yes in the way that unemployment rate goes way down, alas majority of people work in low wage segment earning only enough to put meal on the table; and Yes, President Trump is working on bringing back more factories from China by engaging trade war with China; but if this is the only trick he has, it maybe back firing eventually. China is not United State’s enemy, China has purchased enormous amount of US bonds that allow the dominance of US dollar to continue and the American borrowing life style to sustain this far. Is it a correct approach to blame our increasingly uncontrollable debt on our neighbor for lending us money?
What I am concerned is that our government does not focus enough on addressing fundamentally issues to help the people – the 90% of working class and deteriorated middle class; rather it is still putting on bandage to defer problems. Problems like how to improves American education system, the extremely unbalanced housing issues for the poor when 80-90% of wealth skewed to a small percentage of people. Our president had promised to control the national deficit, but here is the current picture of public debts. The longer the problems get deferred, the harder it is to fix the root cause.
We are disappointed that our government did not show much support to empower small business and allow predatory lending machine to crush small business across America. As I pointed out in last year, the benefits of small business not only increase sense of achievement of people by connect them with their life purpose, this sector can also tremendously stabilize our society because they won’t need a 30-page business plan, won’t need venture capital, won’t need to take giant risks, and won’t need an exit strategy, Since small business merging livelihood and lifestyle to build their dream, they don’t want to bail out. While the Silicon Valley strategy works for an infinitesimal few, the Main Street model works for everyone.
What we observed is an administration that keep on bending to the interests of big business and multi-coporations disregarding the long term effect to the country and the world. Trump’s government continue to give permits to big corporation to mine the land which should be public common goods, and recently he seemed to plan on putting some body who has an conflict of interest in charge of EPA. Environmental groups, however, pointed out that: “Putting a coal lobbyist like Andrew Wheeler in charge of the EPA is like giving a thief the keys to a bank vault,” said Michael Brune of the Sierra Club. “As Acting EPA Administrator, Wheeler has kept his door open to coal, gas, oil and toxic chemical corporations, prioritizing their profits over the health and safety of our families.”
Such is the democracy of United States and the homeland security we are based on… I heard that we spend one $trillion dollar every year on military budget to protect Americans from exterior attack, but will that pile of money reduce our anxiety/insecurity from the bottom of our heart? The riches may have the means of shelter themselves from any immediate danger since they have the resource/means to fleet out of the country, but since the quantum physics is revealing to us that we are energetically connected universally, let’s pray we all have good dreams instead of nightmare. Maybe things need to get worse before they get better?