The debts, unfunded liabilities, demographics and diminishing pools of income to tap are beyond policy tweaks and minor cuts. Take a look at these charts to grasp the unwelcome realities: sorry, we can't "grow our way out of debt" because the debts and unfunded liabilities are simply too large and expanding at too fast a rate.The strife part is applicable because "Our political, social and economic systems have no history or memory of how to navigate this systemic Degrowth successfully." Reduce my benefits and out-of-control spending? No way! Watch me vote for the nearest leftist enemy of sanity.
* * * *
. . . As the "growth fixes everything" model fails under the burden of skyrocketing debts, the harsh reality becomes unavoidable:
We haven't "grown" at all. What we've done is borrow from future generations to create the illusion of growth.
Our elites deliberately won't even notice the obvious degradation of the constitutional order. Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drug benefits, abortion rights, environmental protection, legal discrimination against white people, and homosexual marriage are nowhere to found in the enumerated powers delegated to the federal government in the Constitution.
Those are the easy issues and yet they were finessed by the Treason Class in favor of expediency. As the observant Steve Deace said some time back, "Expediency is always the wrong choice." Or words to that effect.
- soaring debt,
- open borders,
- racial fantasizing,
- welfare bonanzas to encourage bastardy, crime, and urban destruction as never before seen,
- sending factories to China, and
- other lunatic initiatives
Welcome to the zero-sum world.
The Constitution was destroyed for expediency. Political and economic elites have betrayed their trust and it is for us all now to reap a bitter harvest of the dysfunction planted over the many decades of the last century and this one. The remains of an amazing country are what we can all pick through in the hope we can find a decent life.
Now someone please remind me why Mr. Trump is an illegitimate president.
 "This Is How the Status Quo Unravels: As the Pie Shrinks, Everybody Demands Their Piece Should Get Bigger." By Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds, 2/17/17.
H/t: Zero Hedge.