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    Default The Escalator is Broken

    https://www.commentarymagazine.com/a...-21st-century/

    This is a fascinating, yet bleak, piece on the current state of the US as indicated by a number of metrics ranging from GDP, to unemployment, to health stats, and more. Basically, it argues that we are in the midst of a lost decade and that the Great Escalator of social mobility is broken. Trump's election should serve as a wake up call that everything is not right in America and hasn't been for quite some time. If the data in the article holds water, it ought to sober us up to a more serious discussion of how to fix the mess we are in, rather than the normal partisan bickering and obstructing.

    It's a longer piece, but well worth the read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biggestal99 View Post
    11% of the population of Ohio was prescribed opiates.

    thats really bad.

    really really bad.

    dont people realize they are a terrible thing.

    are people in such pain that they need this.

    i was prescribed 20 Tylenol with codiene tablets for my wisdom teeth removal.

    the pain was indeed intense so I took one the first day. It helped.

    took one the second day. Yes indeed it helped again.

    the third day the same.

    by the 4th day the pain was subsiding, I took the remaining 17 pills and tossed them in the toilet.

    didnt need em.

    i ain't gonna get hooked on pain killers.

    Allan
    I was just reading a book on this and the Tylenol actually prevents over use and addiction. The oxycodones and oxycontin the doctors started prescribing did not contain Tylenol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignorance Breeds Contempt View Post
    Thanks! I'll check it out.
    Another good one is"Dreamland" which chronicles in great detail the opiate/opioid epidemic in Ohio. Amazing piece of journalism in a very readable book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkh View Post
    An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You should never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience.
    You're correct in that it remains functional, but as they will not let you USE them as stairs, but instead rope them off, it is in fact nothing but a monument to man's inability to make things that do not break down, at times.

    A great big, shiny piece of sculpture that tells a sad story.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignorance Breeds Contempt View Post
    Has anyone read Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance?
    I've read excerpts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignorance Breeds Contempt View Post
    Has anyone read Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance?
    It's waiting on my kindle, haven't gotten to it yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyLou View Post
    I was just reading a book on this and the Tylenol actually prevents over use and addiction. The oxycodones and oxycontin the doctors started prescribing did not contain Tylenol.
    Lol, yeah, prevents it by destroying people's livers, great idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zantax View Post
    Lol, yeah, prevents it by destroying people's livers, great idea.
    That doesn't make sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zantax View Post
    Lol, yeah, prevents it by destroying people's livers, great idea.
    Junkies know Tylenol will kill their livers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueapplepaste View Post
    Good post. Indeed a middle class is a choice. Right now we as a society are choosing policies and profits at the expense of the middle class.

    The haves continue to thrive and continue to amass more and more wealth while the middle class shrinks and the poor grows.

    When a person working full time still needs government assistance to get by we've become broken as a society.
    And you just touched on another problem with the system. A person working full time needing government assistance. We have allowed corporations to shift labor costs over to the public by allowing them to not pay a living wage.

    Heck, sometimes they even get a tax break to move into the area.

    It's a great deal if you can get it.
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    "The Escalator is Broken"

    As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden.
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    I'll read it later.but I wonder if this is like the recent new York times piece about class
    The beauty that is the ugliness of the right. " They demand accountability for anger and divisiveness, while holding themselves entirely unaccountable for their anger and divisiveness"

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyLou View Post
    Junkies know Tylenol will kill their livers.
    Interesting thing about junkies, they have a problem with self control and acting in the best interests of their future health.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jezcoe View Post
    And you just touched on another problem with the system. A person working full time needing government assistance. We have allowed corporations to shift labor costs over to the public by allowing them to not pay a living wage.

    Heck, sometimes they even get a tax break to move into the area.

    It's a great deal if you can get it.
    Yes but trump tweets...you want insight into being poor just ask
    The beauty that is the ugliness of the right. " They demand accountability for anger and divisiveness, while holding themselves entirely unaccountable for their anger and divisiveness"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plasmaball View Post
    I'll read it later.but I wonder if this is like the recent new York times piece about class
    I don't know, I didn't read the Times piece. This piece is broader than just class, though that's certainly a prominent element.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zantax View Post
    Interesting thing about junkies, they have a problem with self control and acting in the best interests of their future health.
    I understand that, but is there an epidemic of Tylenol-codeine addiction?

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