As I sit in the sun pondering life, the universe and everything, I wonder where exactly our country is going. Or, where do the people want it to go? Or where does the leadership want it to go? In short, is there a coherent notion of what America should look like in 5 ears, 10 years, etc. You know, all that planning stuff that business schools talk about?
A "Balanced Budget" does not describe America. It simply describes a metric. America is not a balance sheet, it is a people. What is the American objective in terms of the human condition? Is there any notion of an "American Human Condition"?
Orin Hatch seems to feel that the middle class and poor should do more to reduce the nation's debt. I recently was at Montauk Point, NY, where many a vacation home probably cost more to build than a lifetime of middle class wages. Do these folks have the same perception of economic "pain" as the unemployed?
We are in the midst of a so called "jobless recovery". Numbers are recovering, but what about people? Perhaps we are now truly a society of "faceless masses"? Businesses have growing profits, and are finding that they can do so without providing more employment. Hundreds of thousands of families are without wages, but that's OK, because the Dow is on the rise. Numbers trump souls.
If numbers trump souls, has our nation become an entity without a soul?
I find it hard to avoid being cynical.