The nature of debt among the many united States in this country is a different game and things among the 41 states with debt is starting to get interesting and nasty. Unlike the Federal government states don't get to roll over budget deficits so the squeeze is on to cut down spending. The notion of increasing taxes is anathema so services are getting cut. It's pretty horrendous too, parks, libraries and social services are all going by the wayside. It's odd too that the services that are getting cut are going to affect the poor and destitute, those who are least well equipped to fight back. Taxes on people with wealth will remain low. The recipe is for social disintegration so we can at least hope that the wealthy will be forced to build taller fences and add armor plate to their limousines which we might consider a form of tax I suppose.
It is a time of change in the US and services that we have taken for granted will no longer be available. Even police and fire personnel are being cut in many communities and the Right is calling for unions and living wages to be decimated. As though creating even more poverty will somehow help our nation forge ahead. Perhaps it's time to stop fighting wars abroad and perhaps we need to decriminalize marijuana and tax the hell out of it. That would be bizarre: funding health clinics, libraries and meals-on-wheels by the sale of dope. We live in difficult times and if the military is desperate enough to "legalize" being gay to get more recruits perhaps we should stop jailing people for smoking and trading dope and make money off them instead of spending billions to jail them. How much of our civic life to we have to pare down before the unthinkable becomes common place? Pretty soon gay marriage will excite no comment at all. That will surely be the first sign of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse riding to rescue the republic! And then we'll notice them smoking joints and spreading money around. The end will definitely be nigh. The alternative will be to be even more impoverished than we are today and that is totally un-American.