Ladies and gentlemen, sharpen your pencils and dust off your debate skills, for we are about to embark on a rollercoaster ride through the labyrinth of American concerns. The post that has ignited a firestorm of opinions asks the seemingly simple question: “What is the number one issue that the USA is facing in the next ten years?” Grab your popcorn, put on your thinking cap, and join us as we explore the many facets of the great American debate, one impassioned opinion at a time.
Too Much Hate
“How much Americans hate each other. Politicians and media have done a bang-up job screwing over the entire country while convincing you that your neighbor who’s on the other side of the political fence is your real enemy. Meanwhile, they all get rich off you. They’re snakes, every single one of them.”
“Stupid people are finding each other in greater numbers than was possible before social media came about.” “It’s not that they’re finding each other. It’s that modern medicine has made it so they survive to be like 60. Of course, smart people live to be 80-100, but that’s not the point. The point is that dumb people are surviving to be old enough to raise kids and grandkids.”
“Once upon a time, we were falling in love; now we’re only falling apart.” “It was a total eclipse of the heart.” “Damn! Well, every striving empire died at some point.. is it time for the US now?”
“The completely broken political system and all that comes with it – Citizens United, the rise of utopianism, all the corruption scandals, gerrymandering, misinformation, the lot of it. No other issues can be solved when the mechanism by which to solve them is fundamentally broken.”
“Increase political division and each state trying to one-up each other with contradictory legislation. States have always had significant free reign, but not to like they’re doing now actually trying to undermine each other.”
“Retirement and healthcare. For retirement, two factors are driving us over a cliff. The first is the Social Security crisis, which is slated to be underwater in 2033. That number is likely much, much closer, given many factors, meaning it’s a feasible scenario in about 7 or 8 years. We don’t really know the full impact of Social Security being underwater, but it will mean fewer people will be allowed to retire. This will result in an older workforce that will prevent newer workers from entering or moving up into well-paying jobs or careers. The second retirement problem is how underwater the workforce is saving for retirement. With the cost of living outpacing the median wage, more and more are underwater regarding having a way to retire. So coupled with being underwater in Social Security, you have an aged workforce staying too long and being unable to replenish itself.”
“Failing infrastructure. It just keeps coming in spurts. A bridge falls apart; trains derail, toxic waste in your water supply, lead-rusted pipes, and potholes that make you apologize to your car when you feel like you just went through a localized earthquake. It’s insidious, but it costs so much of our income, harms our health, and can end a community.”
“Division. Stop hero-worshipping your politicians and hating on your neighbors. Stop being brainwashed by media.” “By anyone, social media personalities are just as likely to try and force feed you crap, probably even more so.”
“Counterfeit tacos.” “Choco tacos have already gone by the wayside. What’s next? Are street tacos next on the chopping block? We as a nation cannot let this stand!”
“Clean water/groundwater.” “I tell people we are poisoning this planet, and all I get is eye rolls.” “There are already wars being fought over water, or its lack, to be precise. We will not be exempt from that.”
“The same issue it’s been facing the last ten years. A blatantly corrupt government that always puts the interests of companies over the American people. Congress can keep giving themselves raises and increasing the Pentagon’s budget without a problem, But putting money toward healthcare or education or anything that benefits the people is socialism, and we can’t have that; only the politicians that are already rich from all the bribes get their healthcare paid for by taxpayers.”
“Decline of entry-level white collar jobs as AI starts reducing the number of those positions.” “This should be the top comment. I work in Tech, and it’s only a matter of time.”
“Legally registered voters with double-digit IQs.” “Yes, sure, but to say that somebody shouldn’t vote or something just because of their intelligence is a breach of what America stands for.” “I never said they shouldn’t vote. I only said they were problematic.”
“It’s not abortion, trans rights, magas, or gun control. These are all trigger issues to keep you engaged and distracted while the oligarchy makes you work harder, longer, and pays you less for your work.”
Cost of Living Crisis
“Everyone is saying politics, but honestly, it’s the cost of living, how many people can afford a house and don’t live paycheck to paycheck. Some of that involves politics, but the cost of living is mainly the cause of corporate interference.”
“The global de-dollarization bursting the bubble of consumerism.”
“Automation and the subsequent lack in demand for staff.” “If dealt with properly, this could/should be a solution and not a problem. But who am I kidding? This will be a huge damn problem.”
“All of them. All of them all at once. There is no “number one” issue right now; there’s just a ton of issues, all clamoring for attention at once, and (assuming our country hasn’t completely collapsed) I don’t foresee that getting any better in 10 years time.”
“While politicians, news media, and people are distracted fighting and who is woke or not, corporate America will become the majority owner of private housing. They will be able to push the general population out of the market and into corporate leasing/rental with private information no longer an option.”
I’d like to point out that we’ve been in La Niña for three years. Climate change was on people’s radar during the last El Niño in the mid to late 2010s when temperatures were breaking records. All it takes is a few cooler years for people to get comfortable and start denying climate change again. We’re transitioning to El Niño again this year. It’s very likely we will see 1.5 Celsius before the end of the decade.”
“Fascism—the utter annihilation of our democracy by corrupted, rich, craven, amoral bad actors.”
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