An article in the Indianapolis Star said the poverty rate in Indy has doubled since the year 2000 and that the national poverty average in large cities is 22%. LBJ's war on poverty has obviously been lost since nearly 50 million are on food stamps. Another 20 million are on disability and there are 40 million retired folks, 65 and older, on social security.
Unemployment is high with millions drawing on it for 99 weeks. Productivity is low with everyone busy on their smart phones and very little getting done. The overall economy is barely moving and resembles the massive traffic snarls nationwide which more or less confirms the situation. Acts of terrorism and natural disasters lead the news nearly every day.
The Supreme Court will rule this year on Christian clergy taking part in opening prayers at anything that's government related. Movies, television, the theater and even TV commercials try to out-do one another in being gross, lewd and lascivious. For the past century, we have witnessed a systematic coarsening of American culture led by the entertainment industry.
Larry Cramer sent me this quote attributed to Jay Leno which sums it up in one sentence:
"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
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