Failing Forward

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Now is when we need government to step up and be smart.

This is exactly the wrong time to do what the Republicans would have us do. In their 2012 budget, they propose cutting nutrition programs as part of austerity measures so that we don’t leave our children saddled with debt. Meanwhile, they completely ignore the fact that those cuts could leave even more children saddled with physical or developmental problems.

They want to hold the line on tax breaks for the wealthy, not paying attention to the fact that our growing income inequality, which could be reversed, continues to foster developmental inequality, which is almost impossible to reverse.

We have to start this conversation from a different point. We must ask: “What kind of society do we want to build, and what kinds of workers, soldiers and citizens should populate that society?” If we want that society to be prosperous and safe and filled with healthy, well-educated and well-adjusted people, then the policy directions become clear.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/27/opinion/blow-failing-forward.html?_r=1&src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB

The bolded bit. What are we shooting for? What will this country become, if it continues on the current path?
 

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Now is when we need government to step up and be smart.

This is exactly the wrong time to do what the Republicans would have us do. In their 2012 budget, they propose cutting nutrition programs as part of austerity measures so that we don’t leave our children saddled with debt. Meanwhile, they completely ignore the fact that those cuts could leave even more children saddled with physical or developmental problems.

They want to hold the line on tax breaks for the wealthy, not paying attention to the fact that our growing income inequality, which could be reversed, continues to foster developmental inequality, which is almost impossible to reverse.

We have to start this conversation from a different point. We must ask: “What kind of society do we want to build, and what kinds of workers, soldiers and citizens should populate that society?” If we want that society to be prosperous and safe and filled with healthy, well-educated and well-adjusted people, then the policy directions become clear.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/27/opinion/blow-failing-forward.html?_r=1&src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB

The bolded bit. What are we shooting for? What will this country become, if it continues on the current path?
Do you have any idea how many children in the US are actually malnourished? The most common nutrition problem with children, according to the NYT, is obesity.

You can whinge all you want, but we cannot pay for the world you want by spending government money on programs that you like. If it worked that way Europe would be a cultural paradise where everyone is healthy, fit, and happy. They are actually worse off than the US in almost every category, yet some people think they can make it work here because they are smarter than anyone who tried it in Europe.

You aren't.
 

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