Five Structural Problems That Are Destroying America

Barb Wire readers are familiar with the moral problems facing America. Here are five structual problems from’s John Hawkins:

The biggest fallacy in politics is that we need “another Reagan” or more “Tea Partiers” in Congress if we want to save the country. Granted, either would certainly help, but America’s structural problems are much bigger than any personnel issues we have in D.C. Even if you’re an extremely talented craftsman, you’re going to have trouble building a house if the only materials you’re allowed to work with are sand and straw. It wouldn’t matter if Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant were all on the same basketball team if they were only allowed to put three players on the court at a time. If you’re trying to build the world’s largest farm in the middle of the Sahara Desert, it probably isn’t going to matter if you have state of the art equipment.

We have the ability to fix every problem that’s confronting us as a nation, but until we stop making cosmetic changes and start addressing the underlying, intractable issues that are ruining the country, we’re unlikely to make a lot of progress.

Here is his list:

  1. Insufficient Turnover In Congress
  2. A Broken Education System
  3. Unsustainable Spending
  4. Our Immigration Policies
  5. An Overly-Progressive Tax System

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