The United States used to be a nation whose population, through hard work and sound policy, grew wealthier over time. Now, we are a nation whose middle class has nearly disappeared, whose workers’ wages have stagnated, and whose plutocrats become greedier and wealthier with each passing year.
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U.S. restaurants are planning boosting prices 2 percent due to the pressures of rising beef, cheese, and pork prices. However this is causing major declines in sales due to people being price sensitive and not being able to afford higher meal prices. “If you encourage and kind of seed the notion that you can come in for a couple bucks and get some food, and then you can’t do that anymore, there’s bound to be a reaction,” said John Gordon, an adviser to restaurants and franchisees.
Over the past couple of decades, point of views regarding the environment have slowly shifted in both Democratic and Republican parties. The right doesn’t see it so much as a “hippie” issue but more of a “save some money” issue; and the left doesn’t take a “tree hugger” stand anymore but a “let’s grow our economy” issue. Both parties can agree now that something needs to be done regarding the environment but both now need to solidify a plan.
There was a time when we protected our nation and had an economic plan. Because of this plan we became one of the strongest nations on the earth. Much has changed and if we do not work for our best interest we will lose what little is left of our economic strength. Our downfall has not been mere chance—it has been a result of an economic war China has waged on the U.S.
The United States has morphed from a manufacturing society to a service society, leading to the greatest number of unemployed and underemployed Americans since the Great Depression. With working Americans making less and less, the U.S. is running out of funding for its welfare programs. This is happening at a time when programs like health care and welfare are becoming more and more necessary for the underemployed to make ends meet.