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The Decline and Fall of America

James92 Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 9:17 AM
Joe, I'm with you on this. I'm into the great-grandchildren business now. Been a citizen of the U S for all my nearly 75 years and have watched the "deterioration and downfall" progress when I started paying attention in my early twenties. My first real "slap in the face" was when i figured out that FDR's Social Security was a very big trap for all of our future as a country. That was in 1958.Had I written a book then about the unsoundness of that program I would have been laughed out of our society. Now I probably would be touted as a "Prophet'

A few days after the election of 2012 the very talented Michael Ramirez published a political cartoon that perhaps conveyed a more profound meaning than he anticipated. He depicted a pair of hands extending from star-studded sleeves (presumably from a mendicant Uncle Sam), which were held in supplication, as though waiting for a handout or petitioning voters to relinquish more of their earnings to the federal government. There’s another way of interpreting this image, however; the hands appeared not only pathetic and a bit contemptible, but also aged and withered, as though belonging to an old man. In which case,...