Spring is here and I find that there’s some things in these United States that I’m missing. However great spring will be with its increasing sunshine and the opportunity to plant a garden, I’m feeling that there are some social advantages that have just flown the coop.
What I miss in this United States is a sense that competent people can be hired by ordinary Americans to take care of ordinary problems. I miss the high sense of confidence that I once had about being able to find a good doctor, a good dentist, or a competent lawyer at an affordable price.
I miss knowing that I can go to many Universities across America and acquire a real education that will lead to gainful employment. I miss knowing that Universities welcome open-minded discussions and even well argued disagreements.
I miss ordinary things like being able to change jobs and try something new as I recall that many professions once only required a basic education. I miss the extensive job ads in the newspaper. And I miss secretaries and HR people who would answer my questions about getting a job somewhere.
I miss being able to talk to other people about uncontroversial news in the news broadcasts that almost everyone had seen or heard about. I miss open mindedness generally. I dislike social media’s divisive content that causes constant unhappiness. I dislike personal news feeds that create discord because different people are getting different news information.
I miss the sense of welcome that everyone once could experience in restaurants when the economy was open to many different cuisines in neighborhoods everywhere. I miss giving a tip as a thank you for good service and a good meal.
I miss confidence that our government is full of competent people doing competent work. I never used to think that private businesses could be closed on a whim by people whose job is guaranteed. I miss seeing Washington D.C. open and welcoming for meetings with concerned citizens. I miss believing that my vote would help to select office holders.
I dislike having our broken economy that has less economic and political freedom for Americans. I dislike bad banking policies of deregulation and Washington’s bad fiscal and monetary policies. I wish I didn’t feel afraid that my earnings will be destroyed by stupid Washington policies closing down the economy and demanding increased taxes. I wish the economy made sense better than it does today. I miss market based price discovery.
I dislike public service messages that boss people around and that mind other people’s business. Bossy people on the radio telling me what to do all day long are bullies that I can do without. I dislike propaganda messaging.
I dislike signs that say “No Mask, No Service.” Those signs are fascistic nonsense.
My favorite checkout lady at the grocery store told me a few days ago that people are suffering from inflation in food and other things. Many of her customers feel afraid of what will become of them in this senseless economy. Let’s hope that spring brings some political and economic improvements along with more sunshine. In with spring, out with fascism.