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The 2000’s – The Defeat of America
- Population: 281.4 million
- Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita: $44,492
- Median Annual Income: $40,703
- Life Expectancy: 76.8
- Average Age at Marriage: Men 26.1, Women 23.9
- % of pop. w/high school degree or higher: 80.4%
- % of pop. w/college degree or higher: 24.4%
If the 1990’s were a seismic event of technological and social change, the twenty-oh’s is when the tsunami of change hit. Had nothing else happened but the advancement of the Internet, the changes by that alone would have drastically remade the world as we knew it; however, the twenty-oh’s were not content in merely redefining society and the way we communicate, the first decade of the new millennium was going to do an extreme makeover of all our expectations in life. Here are twenty things that made us say Oh!
- Y2K, the disaster that never came (Jan. 2000)
- Elections of 2000
- Florida election fiasco (Nov./Dec. 2000)
- Supreme Court appoints George W. Bush as President (Dec. 2000)
- Attacks of September 11, 2001
- Anthrax letters
- Wars of Just Because
- Rise of Smaller and Smarter Technology (Entire Decade)
- Space Shuttle Columbia destroyed on reentry (Feb. 2003)
- Mars Rovers bounce to successful landings and missions
- Saddam Hussein captured (Dec. 2003)
- Assault weapon ban expires (Sept. 2004)
- Online Wonders
- Indian Ocean Earthquake/Tsunami (Dec. 2004)
- Pope John Paul dies (Apr. 2005)
- Global Warming
- Hurricane Katrina (Aug. 2005)
- Virginia Tech Massacre (Apr. 2007)
- Global Economic Disaster (2007-08)
- Financial giants collapse
- Housing market collapses
- Auto industry collapses
- Massive unemployment
- Price of gas soars, and falls….as a function of conservative politics
- Barack Obama elected as President (Nov. 2008)
- Nuclear weapons
- North Korea
The Twenty-oh’s began with the most bizarre Presidential election in American history, followed by the most shocking attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor, followed by two United States initiated wars that would be fought simultaneously, followed by the loss of the Space Shuttle and its crew on reentry to Earth, followed by an earthquake/tsunami that would kill almost a quarter of a million people in 14 countries in one day, followed by a massacre at Virginia Tech, followed by a near meltdown of our global financial system, followed by an African-American being elected as President.
THE GREAT CONSERVATIVE FAILURE
Despite all that happened, it was politics that defined the 2000’s. Keeping with the two-faced Reagan policy of “America Can’t” and money must be taken from the poor and given to the rich, President George Bush took the cost of running two wars off the books so that he could look like he was cutting government spending when he was, in fact, putting the government deeper in debt and running massive deficits.
Behind the scenes, a decade of conservative-driven deregulation in the financial industry created a bad debt bomb that exploded in 2007-08. Almost overnight, America’s economy was devastated by greed and a lack of common sense. People who saw the disaster coming took the attitude that everyone else was unethical, so why should I be the only good person? When the curtain fell on Wall Street, Republicans, who created the environment for the disaster, quietly stepped away and whistling as if they were unaware there was a problem.
Bush 43, was completely out of his league in dealing with the problem. To repair the damage to our economy would require taking actions that was would essentially prove that the Reagan doctrine was the cause of the disaster, and President Bush was not willing to take the necessary actions. Fortunately, Barack Obama had just been elected and, with Bush impotent in action, the 44th President stepped up and began to manage the crisis and establishing a plan of recovery.
The Republican caused disaster did not cause conservatives to humbly acknowledge their failure, but rather pushed them to further deny the facts. As the economy began recovering, conservatives began blaming Democrats for not making the recovery happen faster. As conservative predictions of Democratic policy failure began to be proven wrong, conservatives began raising absurd and meaningless issues to redirect people’s attention (e.g.; Obama was not an American, Obama was a Muslim, Obama had a secret plan to take everyone’s guns away, etc.)
Because the Reagan doctrine was based on white, 1950’s suburban thinking, the hate for President Obama came naturally to the white, male voter. Instead of a political correction for the failed Reagan agenda, conservatives became even more rabid and illogical. By the end of the decade America was heading for defeat at the hands of conservatives who had taken away American prosperity and were unwilling to accept any idea that didn’t match their failed version of the world.