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America Nears El Tipping Pointo

BK24 Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 8:17 PM
Going down? Meaning a grand, catastrophic crash? Maybe. But sometimes i have another fear - that the People's Republic of America will manage to drag on for centuries into a drab, gray future, never quite bad enough to provoke a rebellion, but with none of the vibrancy and inventiveness - and none of the guts - that made America in the the world's engine of prosperity and defense against tyranny.
Recovered Lib Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 10:44 PM
That is my true fear, too. Seriously, I don't really believe America is going to go over any *cliff* and crash and burn, turning into Greece, a third-world cesspool, everybody living out of garbage cans, etc.

You paint a more realistic and frightening scenario.
Troglodite Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 9:43 PM
A very realistic fear. There is probably enough accumulate capital to keep us going for a few decades. And, of course, we are becoming stupider and less jealous of our freedoms as time goes by and as public education has its effects. Finally, as things get worse, guaranteed subsistence will seem like a better and better deal to many.

I apologize to America's young people, whose dashed dreams and dim employment prospects I had laughed at, believing these to be a direct result of their voting for Obama.

On closer examination, it turns out that young voters, aged 18-29, overwhelmingly supported Romney. But only the white ones.

According to Pew Research, 54 percent of white voters under 30 voted for Romney and only 41 percent for Obama. That's the same percentage Reagan got from the entire white population in 1980. Even the Lena Dunham demographic -- white women under 30 -- slightly favored Romney.

Reagan got...