Let’s face it, this country is going broke. It doesn’t take a graduate from the Harvard School of Business to figure out that pretty soon China will soon be putting an eviction notice on our countries borders.
But let’s ignore the trouble that is happening on the national scene. It is the local municipalities that should really have every American worried.
Day after day, we hear politicians and media analyst screaming on the networks about what the federal government should and should not do to save this country. While I agree with taking care of the figurative roof over our head, unfortunately most Americans will not begin to pay attention to what is going on until their daily lives are strongly affected by the lack of funds in their communities.
I don’t want to down play those who have lost their jobs after the economic crash of 2008, however even in these desperate times, there have always been jobs available. The work might be well below a person’s expertise level, it might cause a reduction in the quality of life, or it could cause someone to relocate but they have always been available to those who were willing to work. Whether it is flipping burgers at the local fast food chain, bagging groceries at the food mart or pumping gas, no job is too degrading when it comes to feeding and providing shelter for your family. These jobs are still available and should always be in demand however, what happens when a municipality goes bankrupt?
The latest rash of bankrupting cities is because of a public perception that the only business, which continues to flourish is the government and walking around DC, I can see where people would get that impression. Nowhere else in America is there more building and construction in progress with most improvements occurring on Government buildings and monuments.
Another example that would give the general public the impression that America was rich would be on the blocks surrounding the downtown DC area. In the past, one would never look to Washington DC as an epic for fashion however I can promise there are more designer labels walking the streets of DC then those in Beverly Hills these days. Gone are the days of Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Now it seems as though it is Mr. Christian Dior and Ms. CoCo Chanel ride to Washington in their E Class Mercedes Benz. No wonder why the general public thinks that the Government owes them pay increases, great insurances packages and top dollar pensions. When you look at the Capitol of our Government, you would get the impression that we have a plethora of treasure just needing to be distributed amongst the people.