Jim, I enjoyed your potpourri and pretty much agree with everything you say. We do need incentives for people to go back to work. And at the same time, given that in the past generation all the gains have gone to the top one percent , while costs of everything continue to go up, I do understand why people feel despair and take whatever they can get. And yes, a college education is great, and in the last 20 years won’t help you move up in income the way it once did. The system is so broken and now helps only the very top that we truly need a complete restructuring. As the congressional budget office has just shown, the top one percent has done great since 1979, and the rest of us, college educated or not, not so much. I’m still all for college education, and for education for its own sake; it just isn’t the guarantee for advancement it once was in America. We need to make it so that it is once again. America has become a nation that is static in class; fewer people move up in class than in most developed nations. America was once the land of opportunity where you could move up from your class. Today, save for a few athletes, that is no longer true. Britain, long seen as the nation where you are stuck in the class you are born into, is more socially mobile than the US.
As for constitutional amendments, bring it on. I believe overturning Citizens United would have a much better chance to pass than the ones on the right; flag burning, anti-gay marriage, etc. And besides, the right is trying for those, regardless of what the left does on Citizens United. If congress won’t do the will of the people, and they haven’t been, then the people have to rise and do what they can. Whether an amendment will ever pass, working for it will change the conversation.
You take on Cain and Perry made me laugh out loud! Cain is done. Of course he was never a serious candidate no matter what anyone says. And he’s not done because of the sexual harassment mess, but because he is clueless about the world (see his remarks on China; this is not a man who will ever be president). The only thing the harassment thing will hurt is his book sales!