What amazes me is that in their desire to keep taxes low and eliminate government regulations, the oligarchs in the US seem to be succeeding in convincing many ordinary people to deliberately set about destroying the very things that America was once noted for.
It is true that the country has a lousy social safety net with very limited access for the poor for health care, support for the elderly and infirm, child care, and the like. But there were some things that America used to do really well, like providing good roads, parks, libraries, and general infrastructure. But now those very things are being systematically destroyed.
The Colbert Report provides a small example about how the Koch brothers seem to be determined to destroy the Columbus zoo. There are many problems with the entire concept of zoos and I can understand those who feel negatively towards them because I am ambivalent about zoos myself and share some of those concerns. But I cannot understand those who don’t want to support them simply because they are supported by public funds.
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