posted on Aug, 1 2014 @ 04:43 PM
originally posted by: bbracken677
a reply to: Sparkymedic
Perhaps the wealth we achieved during the 50s and 60s and to a lesser degree during the 70s. You know, back when the US produced 25% of the world's
manufactured goods? Instead, today we barely manufacture 5% of the world's goods and are all about the next smartphone made overseas, the new nike
shoes that are made overseas or any number of household goods made overseas, or the clothes made overseas, and so on and so on ad nauseam.
Instead of getting richer, we are getting poorer by importing 15 trillion dollars more than we export over the last 20 years. That's 15 trillion
dollars the average consumer (as a whole) has lost in wealth...
At some point in time people may just get their heads out of their butts and realize that being self-absorbed consumers expecting the country to take
care of them instead of improving their lot by their own hard work and education. The work ethic in the US today just sucks...
Yeah, that wealth. Take your fiat currency remark and shove it you know where. At least the immigrants want a job.
Wow, really? I was just clarifying what exactly was intended by the term "wealth". Because it does matter. As resources are real, and money is
Consider this scenario. You are all alone on an island. And you have all the gold/money in the world. But you have no access to water, food, shelter
or companionship. Do you still consider yourself wealthy? I certainly would not.
Keep in mind money is no more than a tool to measure freedom/ purchasing power. It is man made. Like inches and Celsius. Therefore, not real and
easily manipulated as compared to the later mentioned forms of measurement. Yet only useful with monetary economics.
Fiat currency... Money, gold whatever...all pretty useless when you boil it down to supplying needs to living humans...which is what I believe is, and
correct me if I am wrong, what you are referring to as wealth accumulated from the 1950's, 60's and like you said, to a lesser extent, the 70s. You
are referring to material wealth. Are you not?
So, how on earth is an easily manipulated, totally useless and purely psychological piece of paper, hunk of metal or binary digit going to solve any
REAL issues beyond just band aiding and giving symptom relief to a backwards and broken economy let alone a nation, culture or society? Do you not see
how it is the crux of most issues in this world?
The problem is NOT borders and immigration. The problem is a lack or resources, or better yet a lack of freedom to access available resources for
people who need them. Hence the illegal immigration and acceptance of dirt pay for whatever job.
Please don't respond if you are going to keep up your infantile rhetoric. I'm here to have mature correspondence.