Service of Insecurity Triggers: Healthcare, Economy and 45’s Strategy

May 4th, 2017

Categories: Anxiety, Economy, Health, Politics, Retail

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Photo: goodguy.com

There’s a lot to make a person feel on edge these days. Just to mention a few issues:

In healthcare:

  • Will Congress change the rules so that health insurance companies can charge what they like—as big pharma can—with the consequence that coverage will no longer be an option for millions including many who’ve traditionally been able to afford it?
  • Is insuring preexisting conditions really back on the chopping
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    Photo: ourgeneration.org

    block in spite of 45s promises that it isn’t? I thought we’d settled that issue to a resounding national sigh of relief, but apparently not.

The economy:

  • GDP grew in the first quarter at its slowest pace in three years with a self-proclaimed business genius at the helm, [0.7 percent].
  • Who is going to make up the slack when corporations and the 1 percent get discounts on their taxes?
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    Photo: zambiainvest.com

    The retail industry is in shambles. There are many reasons for the latter: popularity of e-tailing/online shopping, increased purchases on mobile phones, etc. This is America, land of the chronic consumer and these retailers, too, have their oars in virtual waters. Troublesome also as so many jobs are involved.

45s strategy to make daily headlines at all costs doesn’t help. To achieve this he is mercurial, says and does outrageous things, takes an unorthodox stance for the fun of it and damn the torpedoes. It works–he’s front page news. His followers aren’t bothered but the approach, in addition to the anxiety-provoking real triggers, is making me uneasy. Am I alone? What antidotes do you recommend?

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7 Responses to “Service of Insecurity Triggers: Healthcare, Economy and 45’s Strategy”

  1. Hank Goldman Said:

    Jean Paul Sartre said, “Hell is other people.” The examples you cite only amplify this feeling to the nth degree!

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Hank,

    This country is no longer young: You’d think we’d be smarter and more empathetic by now.

  3. hb Said:

    No, you are not alone. My memories encompass all sorts of anxious moments from my 1940 evacuation from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, from learning of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, from being under aerial bombardment in a Latin American civil war, to trying to leave Qaddafi’s Libya without a proper exit visa… The list goes on, but I can think of no time in my long life more frightening than right now.

    My fears are not so much because of the evident and appalling screw-ups you list. Competent leadership and good government could fix those. Rather they go to the very core of our existence – how aimless we have all become about the way we live and the future of human life, perhaps all life, on this planet.

    To digress, 65 years ago I took a Freshman Geology course from a brilliant, aptly named professor, Richard “Rocky” Flint. His annual lecture on “Oil” always drew a large crowd of students that had snuck in to hear it standing in the back of the hall. In essence, Prof. Flint told us that it took many millions of years for nature to create oil, but that it would take mankind not more than a couple of centuries to burn it all up. Eight years later, I ran into a futurist at the Foreign Service School who told us that the world’s biggest problem in 50 years would be the huge restless surpluses of unproductive populations all over the world with nothing to do. Rachael Carson came shortly afterwards. All three were, of course, right.

    What did my generation do about it over the past half century? It told us to consume even more. And what is the world doing today? When it isn’t keeping itself busy making life more miserable for the many, it’s out there promoting even more needless consumption as a being “good thing.”

    What do I predict? The degenerative cycle civilization is in now will continue to accelerate making my children and grandchildren’s lives yet more miserable. 500 years from now, not more than a million humans will roam what is left of the planet. Whether they will be able to read and write, I do not know.

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:

    hb,

    Goodness. None of us will be here to see whether your prediction comes true or not.

    So many of us ignore the signs that others so clearly point out–about conserving resources for instance. It’s the thought that it doesn’t affect me. My father, who lived through the Depression, drove me nuts when I was a kid each time he’d call out: “Who left the light on in the _______ room?” when 1) he knew who had but also, 2) I thought, “What’s a little wasted light?” He hated waste of any kind and also he caught on to Rachel Carson’s message when, at the time, his friends and relatives rolled their eyes.

    I’m part of the crew that encourages people to change their décor, buy a new gadget or great book etc. We are super marketers in this country. I’d also like to think that I help people with honest, useful products or concepts get out the word. Not everyone is equipped to discover the next great energy-saving device or life-saving medicine.

    Re increasing numbers of people with nothing to do, which technology is causing at a gallop, there should be a business sector that harnesses this situation and discovers gainful tasks. I heard this morning that Facebook is hiring 3,000 to view videos to make sure that nasty ones of people doing dastardly things don’t sneak on the site.

    What I don’t get is the slapdash way so many who are paid do their jobs, from construction and landscaping to retail, with the impending threat of no job at all…but that’s a subject for another post.

  5. Lucrezia Said:

    There’s no solution to this problem. However, applying intense pressure on the US Senate, where only three moderates need to be coaxed to kill the bill just passed by the House, may help.

    The elderly are also partially responsible for electing an administration which threatens to bankrupt them with soaring taxes and insurance costs. Perhaps most will have woken up by November ’18. Let’s hope so.

  6. jmbyington Said:

    Buyers remorse does not seem to be one of the characteristics of last November’s voters. I also saw a news clip of Republicans reveling at their action, taking selfie’s on the White House lawn. The party atmosphere didn’t seem appropriate while millions will suffer as a result of their votes. I don’t get it. Allegedly they voted as they did for the health of the country. Would the head of a corporation who had to ax thousands of employees to keep a business afloat show photos of the C-suite whooping it up? What has made these representatives so tone deaf to the plight of others?

  7. Lucrezia Said:

    They whoop it up because they’ve been winning and are presently in the driver’s seat. A few losses, which may include one in Georgia, and a severe defeat of Mme Lepen in France, may presage a cold shower…..and silence in the near future.

    The politician who wants to keep his job, listens to the constituents. The ones with buyers remorse may be those who voted for yesterday’s boondoggle. Over and above that, an angry Senator Schumer won’t make things easier. Best to await developments, with the hope they won’t be as grim as they presently appear.

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