posted on Aug, 7 2019 @ 01:09 PM
So here's a breakdown of some of the major issues in the U.S. right now:
1. Socioeconomic Status
The rich keep getting richer while the rest of us are getting poorer. It's to the point where it's nearly impossible for middle and lower class to
ever have a chance to catch up to the top. Unethical tax breaks, hourly wages, debt-income ratios. My wife and I are responsible people. We don't
over-indulge ourselves. Collectively we bring in enough money to comfortably live. Baby Boobmers are leaving the work force as robotics and AI
prepare to take over a HUGE amount of our employment needs. The structure of the American workforce is going to be revolutionized soon and the people
who need work to pay the bills are going to have a hard time finding employment. The rich will only keep getting richer while the poor only get
2. Education Reform
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that Americans are, how do I say this, not so smart. Of course we have some brilliant minds but look
around and you'll see there are some dumb people. Trade skills are in high demand but most Americans can't do the work at a competent leve. Much of
that has to do with our piss poor education system that doesn't allow people to learn from failure, it doesn't teach adversity, and it's covered in
red tape and poor leadership. We've got to start preparing our young people for the world better and it starts with education.
I'm 37. I left the Air Force 2 years ago and completed a degree in Kinesiology & Health this past May I just landed a solid job that can offer a
great foundation in my new career. Without the Air Force giving me managerial opportunities, without having an associates degree and a bachelors
degree, I don't think I would have found much other than working retail or in the restauraunt industry. How many people don't have any of those
things? That's not to say people aren't capable of performing any particular job; but when you combine our poor education system with the automation
that's taking over our workforce...basic employment opportunities are eroding. McDonalds is a job meant for high schoolers starting out, not a middle
aged lady named Karen with 3 kids and a drug habit. It's a gross generalization, I know...but it's true. Places like fast food and some retail
positions are jobs that high school students can perform but people are trying to make a living off of it.
Now, I accept that the job outlook in the U.S. is looking good right now. Trump has thrived in creating jobs. But many of those jobs sit on a
crumbling infrastructure. Andrew Yang has mentioned it many times on his platform; automation is coming and it will be here quickly. Big business is
all about making money and soon, automation will be more affordable and practical than paying the working man. So we're in a pickle, I think. One
where we need the big corporations to create jobs, but many of those big businesses would happily replace us with automation (which is already
underway and has been for awhile).
It's said that in the coming years, entrepreneurs, trade workers and the tech industry are the most certain job markets for people to make a living
in. Are we as a nation prepared for that? If retail, fast food, transportation and logistics all continue to move towards automation where will
those workers go? What education do they have to fall back on? I see this as a major issue that's worth preparing for.
4. College Loans
College loans are a total scam. I know, because while I completed my degree I was offered about $85,000 in both subsidized and unsubsidized loans.
All I had to do was complete my FAFSA account and click an "I accept" to get the loans. How many 18 year old kids understand the terms and conditions
that go with those loans? How many of them truly know what life after college is going to be like? They don't, for the most part. So they click "I
accept", get paid within a couple weeks and don't think twice about till they come out of college with a job that doesn't pay them what they thought
they'd get paid after college.
Once the government started offering up subsidized loans, colleges followed suit by raising their tuition costs. They knew it would be easy for kids
to get the money needed to pay for school, so they keep raising the tuition costs and the subsidized loans keep coming through. That's when young
people get trapped in the never ending death grip that is debt. Now, I am all for personal accountability and if you accept the terms and conditions
of a loan you should be obligated to pay that off. But the way they set up student loans is borderline criminal. Colleges are no longer institutions
of learning, they're more like institutions of profit generation. Bernie wants to forgive all student loan debt. And he wants to do that pay putting
a very small tax on Wall Street. I can't say I have a problem with lowering the cost of education.
I'll leave it there for now as I have other things to tend to this afternoon. Again, all I'm saying is that maybe Bernie isn't as bad as what he's
being portrayed to be and I'd like to keep learning more about him. Also, thanks to everyone who's provided quality content to this thread. There's
some good discussion going on here. Some posts maybe lack some content...but I enjoy it all.