What is all the fighting about? First of all there are 3 different political ideologies over American history. People fight about politics from different ideological perspectives without realizing that or understanding how to find common ground. Big fights are also happening because there are less economic resources for people in the grassroots under the neoliberal ideology. The economy’s resources are available to corporations in the form of low-interest loans and tax reprieves and regulatory loopholes while big government continues getting deeper into debt even though it is already under trillions of dollars of debt. “The little people” are being overtaxed and over-regulated. And this neoliberal system will only demand more of everyday people without offering incentives to win them over. The biggest economic players are winning access to more economic resources in this corrupt neoliberal system. The appetite of the government and of corporations to exploit others and gain their own advantage seems limitless.
It’s become harder for Americans to understand American politics because there are so many points of view from different ideologies and from the perspective of conflicting interests. Meanwhile, real estate has inflated prices, cars have inflated prices, healthcare has inflated prices. Education has an inflated price both within communities where superintendents make six figure salaries and at universities. For example, Edward Lee Vargas, the Superintendent for Kent School District in 2014-2015 made $596,212 (1). A college education has become so unaffordable that education may cease to be the community crossroad that it has been in the past. Some have noted a decline in college level enrollments (2) (3). The Federal Reserve continues to create social mayhem with low-interest rates that support mal-investment, and in support of a fiat monetary system that overprints money. The Federal Reserve pretends to keep track of the consequences of its policies but it is ignoring 94 million working age people out of work, inflation in food, volatility in energy and other bloated price tags mentioned above. Meanwhile wages aren’t growing to meet new expenses. This makes people irritable about politics. And so they fight.
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(1) Washington State School Salaries: 2014-2015, data.spokesman.com/salaries/schools/2015, accessed June 2016.
(2) Current Term Enrollment Estimates-Spring 2015, Research Center, May 13, 2015, Current Term Enrollment Estimates, Reports, nscresearch.org/current termenrollmentestimate-spring2015/ , accessed June 2016.
(3) Current Term Enrollment Estimates-Spring 2016, Research Center/May 23, 2016/Current Term Enrollment Estimates, Reports, nscresearchcenter.org/currenttermenrollmentestimate-spring2016/, accessed June 2016.