American Elephants

Good Reads for a Spring Day by The Elephant's Child

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Sorry about the light blogging, we have had 3 sunny days in a row, a great burst of Spring after weeks of rain and wind and  gloom. The yard demands attention or the yard police will come after me.

Here are some special articles I’ve run across that are worth your attention. This one attempts to explain American anger and frustration from Muncie, Indiana — once called “Middletown,” by 20th century sociologists— in the middle of the country and average and representative. Ron Fournier is a good writer, if a little too dramatically gloomy. Note the date of the story.

How Americans Lost Trust in Our greatest Institutions
It’s not just Washington. Across the country, citizens’ faith in their city halls, newspapers, and churches is fading. by Ron Fournier and Sophie Quinton, The Atlantic, Apr. 20 2012″

Trump’s Ponzi Scheme “The real-estate mogul is running on his business record—but it shows the same flaws as his campaign itself. Ron Fournier, The Atlantic, March 24. 2016″

Europe at the Edge of the Abyss “America can still avoid sharing Europe’s fate. But only if we take action. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, March 28, 2016″

Blue Contradictions Coming to the Fore $15 Minimum wage, The American Interest March 31, 2016

Here’s Why It’s All But Impossible to Fire A Fed:  “Federal workers are far more likely to be audited by the IRS or get arrested for drunk driving than they are to be fired from the civil service payroll for poor performance or misconduct.”

Donald Trump is dead wrong. America is a fabulously rich and great nation. “America isn’t broke. Nor is it on the verge of a government debt crisis (whatever ‘crisis’ even means for a nation whose debt is printed in a currency that is both its own and the world;s reserve). America is not in decay, and the last thing the U.S. should do is rashly withdraw from a dangerous world because of those mistaken beliefs.” James Pethokoukis, The Week, March 23, 2016

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