I look through these charts and here are a few things that come to mind:
- A lot of the best trends in these charts were due to the '80s in the US and the end of the USSR in '91. (looking at the Wiki entry with "USSR 1922-1991" still brings a smile to my face! A well deserved trip to the ash heap of history!)
- We were complete idiots to vote for "change" in '06 and beyond. We as a nation had no clue how good we had it.
- It is absolutely obvious that the "progressive" fetish with "environmentalism" and "guns" is simply about CONTROL -- the results have been GREAT on both fronts, but that doesn't stop "progressives" from demanding more control.
- We had it too good for too long and while needs are finite, wants never are. One doesn't need a Gulfstream jet, but one can certainly want one and even feel it is "unfair" that others have one. We killed the goose of productivity that was laying the golden eggs because we demanded more RIGHT NOW!
- The big missing things on these charts are birth rate, single parent families, % getting government assistance, % working and % regular church attendance. Those are all in trouble and they spell our doom.
- In 20 years, those of us still living will be able to look back at '06 as the year that we "chose poorly". Will we be able to talk about it without being incarcerated or worse?
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