"A Terrible Divide," the division between "the have and the have nots" is an interesting OP-ED about our country's economic crisis and the effects it has on the livelihood of the American people. Herbert says that there are not enough tax revenues to pay for basic public services. He blames the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the "rich not sharing their fare share of the tax burden," and the lack of available jobs that pay decent wages....which makes it impossible to increase the tax rate among ordinary workers. Herbert believes the budgets cuts to Medicaid, Social Security and public schools will be detrimental.
While Herbert states that "new ideas on a grand scale" need to be proposed and enacted to aid American workers, he does not provide readers with suggestions for improvement. Perhaps we can look abroad to countries such as Japan, Britain, and France, that believe that services such as health care for example are a public good. Even with the recent health care reform, our philosophy in the United States is certainly not rooted in this idea. So what should be do to prevent citizens from permanently living a low standard of living? How can Republicans and Democrats come together and make change before we face complete "social destabilization"?
[P.S. Patty Landers- Herbert uses the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities as a reference!]