As the US standing in national health statistics continues to tumble, and public and private indebtedness rise, the presidential campaign is dominated by politicians who want more failure: war and patchwork “private” health insurance. Financial Times reports that the US Comptroller General is worried:
The US government is on a ‘burning platform’ of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits, chronic healthcare underfunding, immigration and overseas military commitments threatening a crisis if action is not taken soon, the country’s top government inspector has warned.
David Walker, comptroller general of the US, issued the unusually downbeat assessment of his country’s future in a report that lays out what he called “chilling long-term simulations”.
These include “dramatic” tax rises, slashed government services and the large-scale dumping by foreign governments of holdings of US debt.
Drawing parallels with the end of the Roman empire, Mr Walker warned there were “striking similarities” between America’s current situation and the factors that brought down Rome, including “declining moral values and political civility at home, an over-confident and over-extended military in foreign lands and fiscal irresponsibility by the central government”.
The comparison between our expenditures on destruction and our flagging healthcare record is inevitable and telling. The US, alone among the world’s powers, spends a massive amount of time and money creating havoc, instead of trying to solve the problems of its citizens. We are indeed facing the greatest crisis in this nations history, and it’s not going to be solved by doubling the size of Guantanamo or bombing Iran. It’s not going to be solved by a Congress who can’t even be bothered to read the laws it passes, and which continues to give idiots like George W. Bush, Karl Rove (thank god he’s gone) and Alberto Gonzales free rein.