Friday, June 10, 2016

A Better World for the Grandkids

Have you noticed that life seems upside down nowadays?
The wrong things are getting all the attention when the important things are not even on the discussion agenda. I mean, the tough questions are not even being addressed. For instance, for the first time in the history of the United States, experts are saying that our grandkids will not succeed financially more than we have. They may not even own their own homes or attain the careers they want.

For lots of perfectly good reasons we have taken our eyes off the ball. We had our lives to live... jobs to work... mortgages to pay. But today all those excuses seem pretty lame, don't they?

I mean, what kind of world are we passing on to our children… our grandkids?
Are we to accept that our grandkids will have less of life’s blessing than we have? You know, less of the important things, like:
  • Fewer opportunities
  • Less quality of life
  • Less satisfying employment
  • Lower life expectancy
  • Poorer healthcare 
  • No home of their own
  • No clean water to drink
But more of
  • Monumental education debt
  • Plenty of roads full of potholes and crumbling bridges
  • Failing dams and levees
The truth is we have not taken care of the important things. For years we have not paid attention to the details. The result is we have allowed underfunding or no funding of schools and universities; road and bridge repair; water and sewerage systems, and much more.

Further, we have allowed our politicians to ravage our public trust by privatization of public assets and services — where contracts have been awarded without effective controls, unenforced performance measurements of the private owners and no enforced imperative to create long-term value.

It’s likely that many of us won’t live long enough to witness the impact of all this neglect — but, our grandkids will.

Over the next few months we have an opportunity to make the system work for our grandkids by forcing the candidates for office to show us their plans to turn these problems into solutions.

Let’s do it for the grandkids.

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