It was a good run but our catastrophic decline could have been predicted more than 15 years ago in 2002 when “The Bachelor” debuted as the #1 most popular new show in America. Looking back from today it seems so obvious. How could we have been so blind? Now as I sit alone in this barren wasteland of a city formerly known as Louisville, Kentucky; weeping, homeless, and jobless, I can’t help but wonder if I could have done more to save us. I must sign off now, the soup kitchen is about to open for their 5:30 a.m. government bean and cheese can distribution. Yesterday the line was hundreds deep and today it might be thousands. I’m not sure I can go on, maybe I will become one of the hundreds of thousands of ex-American refugees housed in the camps in Canada. Life can’t be worse there than here, can it?

The towel has been thrown in, the game over, match lost, ROW 10 America 0. I am no America first cheerleader or anything but that is an awfully bleak outlook, and worse still characterization of our current condition, at least from an economic perspective. Sure the administration sucks and politics is more toxic then I have seen in my lifetime, but (at least the local) economy is booming and unemployment here in Louisville is near historic lows, wages are rising quickly, yet local inflation remains tame, and real estate is still eminently affordable. From where I am sitting it does not feel like the beginning of a catastrophic decline. Of course you know as well as I how the tides of the economy rise and fall but for right now things are humming.

Just a little off topic I realize but I totally agree that poor people (depending exactly how you draw the cut off) are not needed in rich countries. The problem is rich people do not agree or would rather not risk it, and they are the ones that still control all the levers of power. Why take any chances/risks when everything is so good for you the way things are? If I were a rich person in America today I would have zero (economic at least) motivation to change a damn thing and plenty of good reasons to flex whatever muscle I could to keep everything exactly as it is, and since I would be rich, that muscle would be substantial. Of course I still might throw the poor a bone or two just to keep things from totally falling apart, but there is no way in hell I am going to risk my hard earned (mostly inherited, plus my dad bought me my first business which I bankrupted in 2 years. Luckily he bought me a replacement and since then it has been an incredible run of good fortune, but boy did I have to work hard to earn it. Mostly my employees have to, and at the wages I am paying that cannot be easy. Oh well, sucks to be them) on some risky scheme to “end poverty.” Not being an asshole I would not actually think that, do that, or say any of those things but I would venture the vast majority of rich persons do and would. Also that they are assholes. lol!

Research scientist (Ph.D. micro/mol biology), Thought middle manager, Everyday junglist, Selecta (Ret.), Boulderer, Cat lover, Fish hater

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