The New Midlife Crisis
Interesting article at Oprah.com - While reading it I got one of my Big Picture epiphanies. Look beyond the copy discussing parenting pressures and time deficits because it traces the outline of a disease to which our nation is succumbing.
I called my best friend, a reporter a few years older than me who grew up in the Midwest. She has three children and lives on a quiet, leafy street in Washington, D.C., with her boyfriend. They recently adopted a dog.
"Hey," I said, happy to have caught her on a break from her job, "do you know anyone having a midlife crisis I could talk to?"
The phone was silent for a second.
Finally, she said, "I'm trying to think of any woman I know who's not."
For a while now I've posited that TPTB prefer a crappy jobs outlook because it helps them lower their labor costs. This article helped put that into perspective. The GOP is angling to make Social Security go bankrupt. Pensions have all been raided. Incomes are stagnant and job security is perilous.
What will the future look like? What is TPTB's endgame? A dystopian future is not far off, where widespread poverty rips through the middle class who will have become unable to afford their previous lifestyles.
Will the government step up and knit a giant new safety net? Hahahahaha
Will the government allow millions to die of starvation and exposure? Hmmmmm
Is this just a long-term asset forfeiture strategy?