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“America’s Challenges: Stealing From the Poor!”

This new article is the third in the series of articles in The Challenge Series here on The Cutting Edge. It  has just been posted on The Huffington Post for your viewing and comments.

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Redistribution of wealth during the 1920’s was devastating for America in the 30’s

In the Golden Age a small portion of American businessmen controlled a great portion of America’s wealth.

That disproportionate balance of ownership led to high unemployment, tremendous loss of personal property, farms, and businesses, and long humiliating soup and bread lines—the Great Depression.

Described in the first paragraph of “Our Electorate: America’s Greatest Challenge!” the current redistribution of wealth is one of the eight critical challenges this country now faces.

That same imbalance that destroyed the U.S. economy in the 30’s exists today.

If we allow the wealthy to usurp hard-working Americans’ buying power, the country will continue to slide deeper into poverty. A declining middle-class will push us back into recession.

There was great news, however, just two weeks ago. The recession has ended—in June of 2009!

The National Bureau of Economic Research reported that the deepest recession in 80 years ended after just 18 difficult months for millions of Americans. Everything has gotten better.

Better for whom?

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“America’s Challenges: A Crumbling Infrastructure!”

This article was posted on The Huffington Post on 9/21. You can read it on Huff Post by clicking on the link.

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States, Municipalities, the Federal Government, and Corporations have sadly neglected our infrastructure!

The United States is hurting! States and municipalities are struggling and our infrastructure is badly in need of repair. We face enormous challenges but have so little available to fix them.

As described in the first paragraph of “Our Electorate: America’s Greatest Challenge!” The decaying infrastructure is one of the eight critical challenges this country faces. Repair of our infrastructure is long overdue.

We are just beginning to pay the price for years of misappropriation of tax dollars, under-taxation, tax loopholes, soft regulation, poor fiscal responsibility, lack of vision, and general neglect.

Disasters like the explosion this past week in San Bruno, California; the collapse of the bridge in Minneapolis; The BP oil spill in the Gulf; the failure of the levies during Katrina, and the Massey mine disaster in West Virginia that caused 29 senseless deaths were not merely accidents. They were accidents waiting to happen!

What caused these incredible disasters?

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“Our Electorate: America’s Greatest Challenge!”

“Our Electorate: America’s Greatest Challenge” has just been posted on The Huffington Post under the Politics heading.  There will be a series of articles following this one addressing each of the challenges listed in the first paragraph…

For most of 30 years the U.S. has been heading in the wrong direction.

Our infrastructure is fractured; wealth has been redistributed unfairly; the economy is running on only six cylinders—on a good day; fearful corporations are hoarding rather than hiring; Congress is incapable of accomplishing anything meaningful; our education system has left us intellectually challenged; lying has become the cultural norm; and ignorant self-obsessed people have, somehow, achieved messianic status.

That’s only a few of our problems; some of our biggest challenges.

The most challenging problem for our now fragile democracy is our electorate. ‘By the people’ has never been as strained in our more than 200 year history. Not because of the fear of socialism, nor the threat of voter fraud. And it’s not the uncertainty of taxes or healthcare or birth certificates.

The problem is an uninformed electorate. To be more blunt, American voters are terribly misinformed. But they still get to vote; even though they’re insufficiently qualified.

How did this happen? How have so many people become so ignorant about important issues?

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