When I came to America,the president was a peanut planter from Georgia,I immediately recognizes that things are different. I sees America for the first time typically experiences emotions that alternate between wonder and delight. Here is a country where everything works: The roads are clean and paper-smooth; the highway signs are clear and accurate; the public toilets function properly; when you pick up the telephone, you get a dial tone; you can even buy things from the store and then take them back, the American supermarket is a thing to behold: endless aisles of every imaginable product, 50 different types of cereal, and multiple flavors of ice cream. The place is full of countless unappreciated inventions: quilted toilet paper, fabric softener, cordless telephones, disposable diapers, roll-on luggage, deodorant. Some countries, even today, lack these conveniences. I cannot help noticing that the United States is a country where the poor live comparatively well.
The moral triumph of America is that it has extended the benefits of comfort and affluence, traditionally enjoyed by a very few, to a large segment of society. Few people in America have to wonder where their next meal is coming from. Emergency medical care is available to everyone, even those without proper insurance. Every child has access to an education, and many have the chance to go to college.
Ordinary Americans enjoy not only security and dignity, but also comforts that other societies reserve for the elite. We live in a country where construction workers regularly pay $4 for a nonfat latte, where maids drive rather nice cars, where plumbers and postal workers take their families on vacation in Europe or the Caribbean, there is virtually no restaurant in America to which a CEO can go to lunch with the absolute assurance that he will not find his secretary also dining there. Given the standard of living of the ordinary American, it is no wonder that socialist or revolutionary schemes have never found a wide constituency in the United States.
But, America is different NOW from what I first experienced.It seems as if the middle class are disappearing in America. The old saying of “the rich getting rich, and the poor getting poorer,” creates a wider gap that is growing more prevalent every day. The lower level middle class are slipping into the higher level of poverty. They are losing their jobs, and losing their homes to the home closure landslide. They are losing their medical insurance from loss of jobs.
Thousands of middle class have lost entire retirement savings. They trusted the “experts” who invested their money poorly, and lost it all. Yes the middle class is struggling to keep above water. They are the hardest hit by this economic disaster. The rich can survive on the interest of their wealth, and the poor are use to struggling to survive. The middle class pay out most of the taxes that keep the wheels of the economy moving. They are the buffers of the rich, and the providers of social services for the poor. Social services are being cut everywhere. Now the middle class are turning for help from these same agencies that their tax dollars paid into. They are being turned away, and are rightfully angry. They are falling into illnesses from all the stress they are going through. It is a chain reaction of misery. They are losing their health insurance when they need it the most.
Depression and despair is spreading like wild fire. Many of them have become homeless and live in their cars, or with family and friends. Millions of beautiful homes sit EMPTY and rot away, because greedy predatory loan companies rushed in to get rich quick, leaving the victims losing their homes. Suicide is increasing, and the media tries to keep it covered up to avoid panic. Hardships and struggles to survive are becoming unbearable to the middle class, caught in the quicksands of hopelessness.
The super rich, and government leaders have been on a wild ride, on the roller coaster of greed. They manipulated, lied, schemed, and conned the citizens to accumulate riches. Now they can’t stop the gravy train of this roller coaster gone out of control. They are running over all the middle class who provided them the wealth to hoard for themselves.
Greedy political leaders plotted and planned ways to deceive the middle classes with hidden agendas. They supported big businesses sending millions of jobs overseas to obtain cheap labor, leading to huge profits for themselves. They convinced the middle class that welfare was evil and had to be dismantled. They knew ahead of time that cutting welfare from the poor, would create desperation, and desperate people would do desperate things to survive.
Then they planted the seed of FEAR in the heads of the middle class, brainwashing them to believe that “crime was on the rise.” This gave them the tools to set up yet another evil plan in motion. They convinced the biggest taxpayers, the middle class, that prisons needed to be built. Billions of dollars were used to build prisons across the nation. Instead of the poor receiving welfare, they would fill up the new prisons, and taxpayers would foot the bill.
Prisons grew into the “LARGEST PROFIT MAKING INDUSTRY IN THIS COUNTRY OVER NIGHT.” Wardens, prison officials, and politicians, became over night MULTI millionaires. Violence and crime escalated due to the oppressions of the poor. The middle class can no longer pay for all these evil plots of the rich.
Many middle class are falling into the traps they were used to create. There are two more sayings that go, “The truth shall be revealed, and what goes around, comes back around.” The middle class are starting to open their eyes and see how they have been used, and duped. Without the middle class, the economy crumbles, and the victims are blamed.
Is this the Change that Obama promised Americans?