yup, and we’re forced to board the train for its impending derailment. the more Clinton’s vote lead grows (she’s up by 1 million+ votes now) the more infuriating this is getting TBH. the electoral college was set up not to “trust the people” in the event some extremely unqualified person like Trump wins but now it’s foisting upon everyone somebody who most voters didn’t even want.
and I doubt the Founding Fathers could have known what their country would become huh. that the president wouldn’t just be responsible for a few million but a few billion souls. i don’t have any illusions about American imperialism because it persists through both Republican & Democratic administrations but it’s quite clear under Clinton we would have at least got US cooperation in the fight against climate change. instead everyone now has to put up with this crap, and even if we ignore Trump’s policies, he isn’t even running a tight ship. US allies can’t even get in contact with him. How much lower is the bar going to get? When we’re talking about a country like America, ineptness can be just as harmful as bad ideas that are intentionally implemented, alas.
Financial impotence goes by other names: financial fragility, financial insecurity, financial distress. But whatever you call it, the evidence strongly indicates that either a sizable minority or a slim majority of Americans are on thin ice financially. How thin? A 2014 Bankrate survey, echoing the Fed’s data, found that only 38 percent of Americans would cover a $1,000 emergency-room visit or $500 car repair with money they’d saved. Two reports published last year by the Pew Charitable Trusts found, respectively, that 55 percent of households didn’t have enough liquid savings to replace a month’s worth of lost income, and that of the 56 percent of people who said they’d worried about their finances in the previous year, 71 percent were concerned about having enough money to cover everyday expenses. A similar study conducted by Annamaria Lusardi of George Washington University, Peter Tufano of Oxford, and Daniel Schneider, then of Princeton, asked individuals whether they could “come up with” $2,000 within 30 days for an unanticipated expense. They found that slightly more than one-quarter could not, and another 19 percent could do so only if they pawned possessions or took out payday loans. The conclusion: Nearly half of American adults are “financially fragile” and “living very close to the financial edge.” Yet another analysis, this one led by Jacob Hacker of Yale, measured the number of households that had lost a quarter or more of their “available income” in a given year—income minus medical expenses and interest on debt—and found that in each year from 2001 to 2012, at least one in five had suffered such a loss and couldn’t compensate by digging into savings.
Cannot stress the importance of public institutions like PBS enough. It costs less than two dollars a year from every American. I’ve got a slew of more useless legislation and activities that could be reduced or shuttered to save money. Let’s start with defense and then move onto fossil fuel and ethanol subsidies…
@gumballfallsfan- HOW THE HECK YOU DOING THAT MAGIC WITH EDITING? YOU SHOULDN’T BE ABLE TO CHANGE WHAT THE WATER TOWER SAYS. I’m an editor for a living and I use the same programs as you and am like twice your age what are you doing