America has a lot of work to do, and I don’t think cutting taxes, as well as education and Medicaid funding, are going to magically solve any of our problems — even though it seems like that’s all we hear about these days. The grifter class (those in the highest wealth percentiles) have been draining this country’s resources for their own benefit for decades now without consideration for the vast majority of Americans, many of whom have defended the actions of these truly selfish individuals. This division of wealth where the people at the top earn more and more (the top fifth has along the lines of 84% of the wealth in this country) and there is less and less for those remaining is tearing our country apart, and it’s starting to show.
Fareed Zakaria writes about this in Time:
The following rankings come from various lists, but they all tell the same story. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), our 15-year-olds rank 17th in the world in science and 25th in math. We rank 12th among developed countries in college graduation (down from No. 1 for decades). We come in 79th in elementary-school enrollment. Our infrastructure is ranked 23rd in the world, well behind that of every other major advanced economy. American health numbers are stunning for a rich country: based on studies by the OECD and the World Health Organization, we’re 27th in life expectancy, 18th in diabetes and first in obesity. Only a few decades ago, the U.S. stood tall in such rankings. No more. There are some areas in which we are still clearly No. 1, but they’re not ones we usually brag about. We have the most guns. We have the most crime among rich countries. And, of course, we have by far the largest amount of debt in the world.