It has been a boring time. Has there ever been anything more boring than impeaching The Donald? Yes, the House is going to do it. No, the Senate is not going to convict. Now it has become even sillier, if that is possible, where the House might or might not send it to the Senate. Killing Soleimani has been more partisan bickering. Instead of worry about that you should read VDH to get updated on the Middle East. Jay Ambrose has the right idea:It is 2020 and let’s start fixing things. We agree with his list of no action things:
- Green New Deal
- Electoral College
- Fascism in the US
We are not as impressed by his action list
- Public Schools
He is right that longevity in the US has gone down but we are unconvinced that Big Pharma is the cause or that government can do much about it. The solution to public schools is simple. There needs to be competition. Of course, the left is very much against that. So it is another partisan logjam. Jay identifies an additional problem at public schools and universities:
Our public schools, meanwhile, also don’t teach patriotism the way they used to; I live near a school, for instance, at which teachers were telling students not to stand for the Star Spangled Banner at ball games.
It’s true, too, that too many professors at too many universities bend too many student minds to their leftist ways of thinking in which Western Civilization is the source of all evil and America’s exceptionalism is a grotesque sham.
We would be equally worried if the right were to require, as Jay seems to want, the teaching of patriotism in public schools and universities.
Instead let’s look at the five biggest problems facing the US:
- The deficit
- Medicare and Medicaid
- Social Security
- International relations (yes we could divide this several times)
There is one problem that sticks out as we could fix it in 2020: Social Security. And there is one action that could improve all of them: support fracking and related infrastructure like pipelines.
Means testing is the key to fixing Social Security. Unfortunately, any congress critter that votes to stop payments to millionaires will be portrayed as throwing granny over the cliff. That means that a solution will probably need to include higher payments to low earners. We are OK with that. Let’s do it.
Fracking is great. It fuels economic growth in the US which means more revenue for governments that will help reduce the deficit and pay for entitlements. As VDH says:
The United States does not need Middle East natural gas or oil. Europe does. China does even more.
Certainly, it may be in the larger economic interests of America to keep moderately priced oil flowing from the Middle East. But disruptions, cartels, and embargoes do not matter to the United States in the degree they did during the last half-century.
Fracking is the primary cause of this joyous set of relationships. It is a great help to the US in resisting the oil powers from Iran to Venezuela. It might even help with immigration in the unlikely event the US can convince Mexico and elsewhere to allow this technology to enrich them. We may not be able to convince our congress critters to have the gumption to fix Social Security but can surely stop them from restricting fracking. The new decade really starts in 2021. Perhaps we will be more ready to start fixing things after the election.