Greed and plutocracy destroy America

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FILE – In this May 1, 2020 file photo, a protester carries a sign that read “Unionize Amazon Tax Bezos”, in reference to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, as he rode his bike during a protest drive to the Amazon Spheres in downtown Seattle. Mary’s Place, a family-friendly homeless shelter located nearby inside an Amazon corporate building on the tech giant’s Seattle campus, marks a major civic contribution Amazon has made to the hometown that she quickly transformed. But the Mary’s Place family homeless shelter also serves as a blatant demonstration of the needy, as some blame the tech giant’s explosive growth over the past decade for making life in Seattle too expensive for a growing number. of people. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

I consider myself a good American with a lot of international experience, seven years in consulting in Italy, France and the UK; 15 years as vice president of product design and sales for a large software company involving the establishment and supervision of offices in over 40 foreign countries.

This is my international good faith. I will now attempt to describe why the rest of the world views the United States as a corrupt shooting star.

The United States became the world leader after the destruction of much of Europe and Japan’s infrastructure and youth during World War II. No European I have met recently thinks the ranking is still justified. We no longer have the biggest economy. On the basis of purchasing power parity, China has surpassed us. We have the largest external debt and the current largest negative trade balance in the world. If the United States were an individual, we would be in debtors jail.

We should be # 1. We have the most usable farmland in the world. We led the global industry for 75 years after WWII. We don’t have the largest population, but a lot of well-educated residents and a lot of potential well-educated immigrants. So where do many Americans think we are n ° 1 but the world thinks otherwise?

The democracy. In the Economist’s annual rating for 2020, we were the 25th most democratic country.

Teaching in high school. It’s the foundation of our future, but we only rank 12th in reading, 20th in science, and 28th in math.

Health care. As measured by the World Health Organization (and taking into account the cost), we are 37th.

Why aren’t we # 1? Three reasons: selfishness, politics and corruption.

Egotism. We believe we are # 1 and can rest on our laurels. We don’t bother to learn more about other countries, although many of their journals are available online. Other nations are moving forward. They no longer want our polluting and gas-hungry cars; today we are only the eighth largest producer in the world. Same goes for personal computers, where we produce less than 10% in value.

Politics. A democracy? Ninety percent of our Senate seats and 80% of our House seats went to the biggest spender in 2020. It’s plutocracy.

Corruption. The expenses to win a Senate seat averaged $ 300 million, $ 25 million for a House seat. Congressional politicians are officially paid around $ 144,000. Can’t you smell the corruption? Many politicians take their orders from their major donors rather than their constituents and make their fortunes on the stock market.

Example of return on investment 1. Republicans are fighting against replacing certain taxes on the rich after we just ended a year with the biggest negative trade balance in peacetime!

Example 2. Paying double what other countries pay for prescription drugs – the industry with the most lobbyists in Washington.

Example 3. Believe it or not, lawyers are highly skilled at presenting “facts” favoring their clients – innocent or guilty. In Congress, 166 representatives and 57 senators have graduated in law.

I don’t like plutocracy because the rich are overpaid and many have mastered tax evasion – for example Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg – are all worth billions, but their companies are paying peanuts in taxes.

Historically, corrupt democracies have all failed. Do you want the United States to be next?

Frank fish, Taylorsville, was born to a working-class family in England, studied mathematics at university, was a Fulbright scholar and worked as an information systems consultant in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy and France before to retire.

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