The Outer Limits of National Debt
By ANNA BERNASEK (NYT)
SOMETIMES, if you stand too close to a picture, you can't tell what it shows. That can be a particular challenge for economists, who spend their days up to their elbows in data.
I've sort of got a slippery slope outlined at a previous blog site I called coachtoday. It's largely neglected, but holds some of my early rants/blogs on the index page. One particular is one I wrote 080303, which I keep referring back to over time and looking at where we are on the slippery slope. I added this particular article, not so much because it's anything new, but it could be an early sign. Much of the nation has regressed into the Blue-Orange Memetic range, where 'modern' conventional thinking lies.
'Pre-modern' conventional thinking lies in the red-BLUE range of memes and is the one we have to be afraid of if we're going to be afraid at all...some will choose not to fear the slippery slope and realize that it is perfectly natural. In my own thinking/feeling I'm concerned about my own independence. I'm willing to give up everything except where I live and my high speed computer access...and of course cable/satellite TV, I have both. You could call me, a couch potato with brains and I prefer to eat myself to death, if I can choose...going out in a large puddle of grease.
I'm sure this is not very attractive to most, but at this point in my life, I can think of a lot of worse avenues. The reason I'm writing is to put forward the idea that we're pretty much going to be on our own as a people aging. Actually, the greater part of the world is in that same crowded boat. Probably fewer than 500 million, most of which are retired now, are pretty well set. That generation pretty much created for itself and are managing a pretty good 'deal.'