People are angry with politics-as-usual. They are tired of worthless political promises and weary of
endless discussions and debates regarding the color of fresh coat of paint to hide America’s problems.
People want intelligent action and they want action now.
In the late 1990s unemployment was at its lowest level in years and stock values were making
thousands of people wealthier, yet Americans still suffered under severe problems. Poll after poll
revealed that grave issues remained: issues such as abortion, divorce, failing public schools, children
killing children, inadequate social welfare, a failing court and legal system, dual income families, and
government intrusion into private and personal affairs. A general concern for an uncertain future
permeated the land. If the economy was so good, why did so many social problems persist? And if the pace
of social improvement was inadequate then, how can it be expected to improve in a recession?
America lost touch with itself. No longer able to discern basic issues, Americans grope in the dark
for piece-meal legislative solutions to social woes. Apparently, “It’s NOT the economy, stupid.”
So what is the solution?
Certainly there is no lack of laws and regulations. For years, Congress and state legislatures have
written more than any one person can read, all in hopes of solving America’s woes. Legislators keep
shooting arrows, but keep missing the target.
Almost all of America’s social ills are the direct result of unsound monetary and fiscal policy.
These policies snare many for the benefit of a few. Most of our social problems are simply symptoms of
flawed public policies.
Alan Greenspan was correct when he stated that “this is as good as it gets.” As soon as the
economy got better he increased interest rates to halt the expansion. Then he started lowering rates to
spur the economy. Frankly, for most of the nation and the rest of the world, this is a long way from
good enough. The problems must be “fixed.”