Health care could have been easily resolved had we not had corporate lobbies. All they needed to do was to extend Medicare to everyone and it would have been a done deal. Too easy; put many insurers out of business; so...we'll pay twice as much for half as much. Canada has had universal care since 1946! The Veterans Administration has been a single payor for medical care for veterans since 1811!
The economy is getting better for the very rich. In 1987, 90% of American wealth was controlled by 10% of the people. Since that time, we've gone from being progressive to less progressive. In 2007, 95% of American wealth was controlled by 5% of the people. In 2010, 97% of American wealth was controlled by just 3% of the people. As anyone can easily see, we're headed the wrong direction.
With regard to employment: Present Clinton had a budget surplus and GAINED 41 MILLION jobs in 8 years. That contrasts with President GW Bush who had huge job losses in the private sector and 1.5 million plus new government jobs and and exploded budget deficit. Low end health care jobs are the fastest growing employment sector... oh...the irony. The current generation is the first generation in recorded history that won't outlive its predecessors.
Exxon Corp makes about 1.5 BILLION dollars profit, per quarter, yet they received a 948 MILLION dollar tax refund. (Ever wonder about fuel costs?)
Chase Bank has record profits, with an increase of 67% in profits in the past annum.
Jobs are picking up, but, because our economy was near collapse due to lack of regulation, even adding jobs at 200,000 per month, we can't undo the damage of GW Bush and friends until around 2020.
President Obama's administration has gained jobs every month but one in direct contrast to the catastrophe of the Bush administration / policy.
We have to have better regulation of Wall Street and banking. We also can't keep giving welfare to the very rich and corporations. We're on a failed course.
In Germany, post secondary education (to an extent) is provided by the government, as well as work retraining. In Germany, despite a depressed world economy, they've consistently gained jobs, because they retrain and evolve new technologies, industries, etc. Here, we have a 60% high school drop out rate in many urban areas, and a 40% high school drop out rates is prevalent in the burbs. We've on the wrong path.
Clearly, folks who say more of the same (think GOP) don't have the best interests of the American Public at heart, and haven't been watching history unfold. History speaks its own lesson.
We'd do well to take best examples of more advanced countries all around us. While other countries have evolved for their citizens the U.S. has evolved for the very rich and corporate interests.
We're number 50 for education. We should be ashamed that we've been sold a bill of goods by the GOP, and very selfish folks that don't look at the big picture. Shame on us for not educating ourselves and getting them out of office.