We lead the world in two categories — the number of incarcerated citizens per capita and defense spending, where we spend more than Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France combined. Budget cuts have drastically reduced the number of teachers, firemen, and police, and vital government services.
In the last half of the 20th Century, we waged war on poverty, not on the poor. We used our wealth not only to make the rich richer, but also to promote the general welfare. We built the interstate highway system. We made the greatest technological advances in history, explored the universe, put a man on the moon, cured diseases, and cultivated the world’s greatest artists. The world’s greatest economy was developed. Industry was booming. Advances in social issues erased years of bigotry, prejudice, and hate. Our infrastructure was well maintained. Our bridges were safe to drive over.
Will Rogers once said, “We have the best government money can buy.”
We must reverse the trend unlimited money is purchasing. The big-moneyed contributors expect a return on their investments.