Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Torpor Rules in Jobs and Politics Those Who Misgovern Continue to Make Sure the System Serves Them Well

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Torpor Rules in Jobs and Politics Those Who Misgovern Continue to Make Sure the System Serves Them Well

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May's job non-creation figures and a drop in the unemployment rate based on Americans giving up on the job market may be the last straw in terms of the pathetic options American voters apparently will face in the November elections.

Friends tell me, "Get used to it," and "Hillary is better than Trump; stop swinging at her," but that is hard for me. Heaven help me, I still believe in American democracy. The role of the superdelegates at the conventions, in my mind, betrays that democracy.

It makes it a lot, lot worse that the superdelegates include members of Congress and other elected officials who have been the instruments and beneficiaries of the governments that have misgoverned us for nigh these many years. I am supposed to welcome their using the conventions to help perpetuate their positions as our lords and masters? With their paws remaining firmly in the honey pots that federal and state governments have become? How so? How are we supposed to get rid of them if they are writing and enforcing the undemocratic candidate-selection rules?

The extent of the misgovernment under both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations is manifest. There is the broad misapplication of America's resources to wars rather than to our needs at home. America should have been made strong through large, key investments in infrastructure, education and health care. Instead, we are massively bogged down in wars which we are not even winning in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

What for? Suppose - dream - that we were to win one or more of these wars? Then what? Would we have the pleasure of rebuilding one or more of these countries? So-called "nation-building?" What for, even if miraculously it were to come to be possible? Nation-building is for the contractors, defense-industry representatives and generals, who are already doing just fine even as we fail to win these miserable wars.

Then there is the economic state of most Americans, particularly members of what used to be the middle class. Now, they are just barely getting along, working two or three jobs, renting or living in terror of foreclosure, wondering why the oil companies are raising gas prices back up, even though there has been no change in the amount of oil and gas being pumped from the ground, here at home or in the Middle East or Russia. Whether it was the George W. Bush, Barack Obama or the upcoming Trump or Clinton III administrations, there is little or no hope of change for ordinary Americans.

In May our economy created 38,000 jobs. That is a scary figure. The economy needs to create at least 150,000 jobs per month just to stay even with new entrants into the economy. Worse, May is now the month in which our beloved universities disgorge their hopeful graduates into the economy. …

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