As Go Tunisia and Egypt, So Goes US?

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    "One cause of the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt is popular outrage over the monopolization of wealth by a small cadre of elites.

    "The grievances of the Middle East's dispossessed probably seem justified to most Americans, who view the region as a relic of feudalism and stomping ground for despots.

    "But what about America itself?

    "As has been widely noted over the past few days, income inequality in the United States is actually much worse than in Egypt, Tunisia, or Pakistan.

    "Could the US government feel the push of inequality's domino effect?

    Comparative prosperity seems to argue otherwise since, as a group, America's poor have about as much wealth as India's richest.

    "Yet those arguments neglect some of the major disadvantages of being modestly middle class in a wealthy country: A much higher cost of living and a perceived need to keep up with the Joneses, which fueled the explosion of subprime home loans that caused the recession.

    "'Global unemployment remains at record highs, with widening income inequality adding to social strains,' Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the chief of the IMF, said this week during a speech in Singapore, citing turmoil in North Africa as a prelude to what may happen elsewhere.

    "'We could see rising social and political instability within nations—even war.'"

    And he wasn't referring to banana republics exclusively.

    As Go Egypt...
     
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    And yet when I talk about collapse of Government my shrink and my therapist tell me I am delusional.
     
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    Would it help if I told you you're delusional.
     
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    Had you visited your shrink or therapist on 10September2001 and predicted the next day's terror, delusion would be the kindest diagnosis.

    Tunisia and Egypt have made me wonder how events in those countries, especially Egypt, would have played out before the internet became a factor. I'm guessing thousands of protesters would have been killed about ten days ago, and much of the world would have moved on by now.

    A collapse of this government might begin at the polls if an overwhelming majority of internet-connected voters rejected ALL Republicans AND Democrats in a single day.

    If 100 or 200 or more House and Senate members were simultaneously FLUSHED from DC, the same revolts we've just witnessed in North Africa might come to North America.

    Do you have any thoughts on how rich US generals and admirals would respond to that uprising?
     
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    um...no.
    As long as the TV still works, and fast food still exist - Americans are too otherwise occupied to notice much anything else.
     
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    No.
     
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    What "Rich US Generals and Admirals?"

    Like who?
     
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    Delusion or Desperation?

    "One of the driving factors behind the protests is the decades-long stagnation of the Egyptian economy and a growing sense of inequality.

    "'They’re all protesting about growing inequalities, they’re all protesting against growing nepotism. The top of the pyramid was getting richer and richer,' said Emile Hokayem of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in the Middle East."

    As Go Egypt...

    The Gini Coefficient in the US is worse than Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen.

    What's the diagnosis, Doctor?
     
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    Do you have any thoughts on what happens when military leaders are poorly paid?
    Yeah...it would be a great idea to pay lousy wages to the people that control the most powerful military in the world...brilliant.
     
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    Punny..."top of Pyramid was getting richer and richer...":lol:

    I'll agree that there's some vast feeling of class inequity in the USA when Mexicans stop crossing the border to escape class inequity.
     

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