Two things seem to be very different now from America's boom years for middle and lower workers. 1) Technology and globalization have greatly reduced labor demand; the US now has a permanent over-supply of workers. And 2), the US abolished the maximum wage which has led to extreme abuse by those that control big business. The US tax code used to be graduated sharply toward the mega million pay outs. Because of those high rates, companies would not pay extreme salaries because they would be eaten up in taxes. The rich were forced to get rich slowly. Sometimes they would have to work 20-30 years to amass a grand fortune. Now, with tax reform and a highly paid accountant, taxation for the rich has been reduced to a mild irritant and fortunes can be made overnight with a slick enough deal.
If the US hopes to have a healthy society, it won't be through the minimum wage, but through either fewer workers or more jobs that create a shortage of labor. And the US needs to return to the sensible tax policies that created a rich nation instead of uber-rich people.
I think that by recommending locking up guns, you are acknowledging that guns are a societal negative, which, of course, they are.
Like Gandhi, Mandela chose a nonviolent path to resolve injustice for the oppressed, the mark of a truly great man.
Firearms, like climate change, are coming on strong and neither will make life more pleasant.
May we assume that you are opposed to gun ownership for uneducated people? Certainly education is important, but many of the tragedies that we read about are perpetrated by educated unbalanced people, or educated angry people, or educated jealous people.
Certainly education is helpful in all things, but gun ownership is a bigger issue than just that.
Who's talking about NRA members? I'm talking about some time in the future when almost EVERYBODY has a hand gun. The trend in gun ownership is rising rapidly. The logical extension of that is a world of near universal ownership. That trend automatically leads to a corresponding increase in shooting events...and a society with ever more fear of violence.
A fear driven society is not a healthy society. There is no possible way that guns make Americans (or anyone else) better people. I admit that the NRA has won and the gun onslaught will continue. I'm just puzzled why so many people think that is healthy for the country.
You are talking about TODAY'S statistics on gun violence and I am talking about gun violence in the America that will be when ALL are armed. That's the trend you are now following.
I already solved the problem. I moved to a city the size of Chattanooga where guns and gun violence almost don't exist. It is a more advanced civilization because the people here come together and do what is best for all. The happiness factor is high, the fear factor is low. Can you say that about Chattanooga?
Renewable energy may cost slightly more at the moment, but the rapid fossil fuel rates of increase will soon overtake the renewables, leaving the US paying even more for energy. The US has been very short-sighted in planning for the future.
Why wouldn't it be better to take the employer completely out of the picture? Then the 100 million+ who are not in the work force would be on even insurance footing with everybody else. Every legal resident of the US would be covered by the same basic coverage. Job changes would not involve insurance changes. Single payer does all that in a simple, straightforward, cost effective way.
It's been proven to work in country after country.
To compare cars, boats, or even knives to the destructive potential of a handgun in the possession of marginal owners is juvenile at best. Clearly you don't get it. Maybe in a few more years you will begin to understand. Let's hope so.