In 2009, the History Channel broadcast a documentary entitled, "JFK, 3 Shots that Changed America." In the past three years, a real life documentary has been unfolding. It will be called, "The 3 Shots that killed America." The 3 shots that TSB is referring to are, America declaring war in the Middle East (the Bush Administration), the death spiral and fraudulent behavior of Wall Street (the Bush and Clinton Administration), and Healthcare Reform (the Obama Administration). In order to perform an autopsy, one has to inspect and dissect the victim to determine the cause, and unless people are willing to do this, the future is bleak, for everyone. Today we scream fiscal irresponsibility, yet the government failed us a long time ago, and we have no one else to blame except ourselves. We continue to vote septuagenarian's and octogenarian's into office at a time when these individuals lack the mental faculties and stamina to make prudent decisions. Politicians continue to anesthetize the American public for votes while catering to special interest dollars. The time has come to legislate and enact term limits if this behavior does not change.
The U.S. is a melting pot of diverse ethnic and cultural groups that have succeeded by working hard. No one is a pedigree American. Regardless of class, everyone wants to build a better life for themselves. Opportunity remedies failure. Unfortunately, America has lost the passion to endure, everyone wants instance gratification and entitlements, regardless whether you are rich or poor. Today, the pundits criticize this country's disease for debt, yet, when previous administrations (the liberals and conservatives) were making irresponsible decisions our attitude was "let the good times roll," never thinking about the consequences.
America was built on a middle class foundation, yet, today we have become a two-class system. We have people with diminishing wealth, and then we have the super rich. No need to worry about a foreign entity bringing the United States down to its knees, we are doing an exceptional job at it ourselves. Healthcare will be running a $4 trillion dollar deficit by 2012 and whether we like it or not everyone is an accomplice, unfortunately what we have learned about ourselves is that we do not accept accountability. So in the end, one has to wonder whether our behavior, expectations, and lack of respect in our industry is nothing more than a microcosm of the bigger picture. You know what the Yogi Berra always said; "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."