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The American State of Mind; Two Contrasting Perspectives

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America has its own form of a caste system; Merriam-Webster defines it as "a division of society based on differences of wealth, inherited rank or privilege, profession, occupation, or race." The American caste system is structured with the richest Americans and the masters of corporatism at the top, followed by those who run the government, then what's left of the American worker and the battered middle class, and then those who are struggling to survive. And at the very bottom, where most Americans can't even see, are the homeless and those who no longer have any hope of survival.

And, in contrast to India, the U.S. government is investing nothing to solve this problem and now ranks alongside nations such as Cameroon, Madagascar, Rwanda, Uganda, and Ecuador; not exactly nations considered to be the best of company. This dilemma should be recognized as a national emergency and should trigger high level, non-stop discussions to bring the situation under control.

Can that ever happen? Not as long as the Corporatists who run this government remain in control because they simply refuse to acknowledge it as a great problem that needs to be remedied. As far as they and their close associates at the top of the income spectrum are concerned they see no inequality issue and believe that this is exactly the way that things should be.

If this massive inequality between the rich and the rest of Americans worsens and most of the new income generated continues to flows up to the wealthy then, at some point in time, we are going to see a societal eruption take place in this country, the likes of which those who have facilitated this state of inequality could never imagine. And they will find that they will be caught in the middle of the turmoil and be unable to escape the aftershock.

Michael Payne

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