It seems that the economy is strong, but with all proceeds of the growth going outside the U.S., many Americans are in a really sad shape. Not enough food inspectors to keep our food safe to eat. Not enough funding for the FDA to get new medication approved. Product safety is a question with the shortfall at the Consumer Product Testing Commission. Companies are in another round of lay-offs. I am more involved in local issues, drugs, gangs, crime, preserving older neighborhoods and quality of life issues. Lack of federal assistance makes it difficult to tackle the local problems. Let alone the national problems!
Being in Illinois makes it a double whammy. Rod Blag, the governor and a democrat is off the wall. More taxes, more gambling and very little accomplished. Electric rates have gone through the roof, although the cities are only approaching what the Rural Electric Cooperatives have been charging for years. The middle class has all but disappeared.
Our elected officials need to learn that charity begins at home. Great to help the desperate people of the world, but there is a lot of desperation right here in the U.S.A.