Posted: 03/05/17 17:03
by Dave Mindeman
A Minnesota school in the year 2050.
Teacher begins her US history lesson.
Teacher: OK, class, today we are going to discuss the Trump presidency in 2017. We can trace many of today's problem back to that time period. It is unfortunate that the people of that time were so short sighted as to allow this reversal of progress to happen at such a critical time.
Historians have argued for some time about whether or not the Trump administration set us on this course where the environmental changes have caused the loss of 30% of Florida and put half of New York city underwater. And, indeed, have relegated our scientists to salvaging what they can of our climate. But historians are fairly certain that the economic collapse of 2019 was a direct result of removal of the banking regulations and the dismantling of progress into renewable energy. Speculation in the stock market hit new lows with volatile levels and long standing companies could not maintain their markets with the advent of new tariffs on imported goods. The oil glut collapsed the energy and commodities markets, sending investments out of the country and leading to a collapse of the dollar.
Trump's brief tenure as President placed our country into an economic hole that nobody has been able to dig out of since that time. Our status as a second rate economic power behind Russia, China, and India has forced us to lower GDP projections below 1% into the foreseeable future - even now.
The cultural divide has also never recovered. The southern states saw a migration of minority populations to the north and west, leaving the south with a smaller white population that has had a seriously damaging inflationary economy that has left them dependent on outside markets that they cannot afford and cannot compete with. The Western states began their higher economic status shortly after Trump was forced from office and have been largely unwilling to cooperate with the US governments that followed - and have been essentially partitoned from the rest of the US.
Teacher: So, children, I know this part of the historical record is somewhat hard to decipher, but it does give us an excellent example of the cause and effect of our democratic elections.
Tomorrow, we will talk about the time when the United Nations moved their headquarters to Tunisia.