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Ever since Europeans first arrived here, we've been living off the fat of the land--abundant resources, rich virgin lands, plenty of space to expand into, a reasonably well educated and vigorous populace---but that is used up now.
Our soils are depleted, our resources of metal, oil, timber, etc. are either diminished or harder to get, we are more crowded (here in the west, even water is limited), our education system is no better or is even worse than that of the rest of the world, our commerce and work habits have become degraded as we grow more and more used to living as number 1.
We have been a richer country than the rest of the world because we have had more to begin with.
We have grown used to having the best, but we don't necessarily want to do the work it takes to get what we want. We expect riches; we deserve riches; someone who has them must share them with us.
Broad generalization, of course.
But the tipping point is here, or soon to arrive--when the number of people who expect to "share" the wealth (without contributing to it themselves) is larger than the number of people who have the wealth and are expected to "give" to the needy, the first can overrule the latter and grab whatever they want--legally, by the power of the ballot box.
The weakness of a democracy.
Last edited by melbrod; 11-09-2012 at 01:06 PM.