We have see mammoth US government intervention in economy, but those are for whom? The issue is not and never has been about whether to have the government intervene directly in American capitalism. The issue has always been for whom and in whose interests does the government’ intervene (and choose not to intervene). Who does US government serve?
All the while, government told the public that it ought not to intervene in the economy because the private sector does all that better and cheaper. In ten straight up years up to now, the US Congress was unable to deliver a new budget. Government now shut it down from time to time, with most recently one in 2018-2019 lingering for 35 days, brought the supplier of global public goods to the verge of a technical default. Meanwhile, at a time of policy needs, measures of congressional productivity, including bills passed, have reached record lows.
The social contract is based on the idea that government can deliver what people need to succeed, to have a fair shot at the American dream. Our government has not paying attention to the problems ordinary American see every day – a lack of good-pay jobs, crumbling infrastructure, inadequate schools, and opioid epidemic. It should therefore come as no surprise that in the last decades, the General Social Survey conducted by NORC, the independent research organization at University of Chicago, gave confidence scores in lower single digit for Congress. The trust in government is at rock-bottom levels. Many people believe that government doesn’t work, that it is spending their tax dollars unwisely, and that elected officials are self-interested if not corrupt. When trust evaporates, we lose the ability to mange economic and social changes that require a collective response. It becomes a vicious circle.
To address divisions and the distrust, the government need to honor and uplift certain widely shared values, such as work, education, and family, especially to people’s aspirations for decent-paying jobs. Not only are these core values in American society, but they are also the key determinants of success. A recommitment to these values and to policies that actually embed them can help the society get back on foot to repair some of these huge divides.
On the other note, although I have always been criticizing on Trump’s bellicose stance in foreign policies and the war on the Middle East. But only very recently, I realized that Trump’s administration has drew a concentration of narrow-minded people, who probably have other country’s interest over that of American, and are exercising extremist in our country’s foreign policy – an obvious tendency of Trump’s administration in use of unrelenting pressure including threats of military intervention rather than negotiation. More inside stories below reveal the makeup of Trump’s regime – is there wonder why this government is acting like being possessed:
- Another Zionist in charge of American foreign policy;
- US Senators meet with Jewish leaders in semi-secret annual event;
- Americans Need a Congress that Represents American;
- Will Trump Be Undone by Russian Connections or Jewish Connections?
- Trump is Netanyahus’ Man;
- Trump administration has broken American diplomatic precedent and international law with respect to Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights in his effort to seek the protection of the powerful Israel Lobby.
- Washington’s Belligerence Can Produce A World Holocaust;