Americans have become lazy, argues economist Tyler Cowen.
They don't start businesses as much as they once did. They don't move as often as they used to. And they live in neighborhoods that are about as segregated as they were in the 1960s.
All of this is causing the U.S. to stagnate economically and politically, Cowen says in his new book: "The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream." Growth is far slower than it was in the 1960s, 70s and 80s and productivity is way down, despite everyone claiming they are working so hard.
"Innovation is painful. That's why we don't do more of it," Cowen, a professor of economics at George Mason University, told CNNMoney. His book makes the case that all of the upheaval of the 1960s and 70s caused people to strive for safety and the status quo in the decades after that.
"Just look at how people bring up children today. Often they won't even let children go outside," he says.From the outside looking in I would say that Americans are working about as hard as they ever did except for the permanent underclass created by LBJ's War on Poverty who no longer work since they don't have to.
Americans are now more burdened by government regulations that make it damned near impossible to start a new business and impossible to effectively grow a business from small to medium to large because the taxes, fees, regulations and insurance costs are crippling after 8 years of Obama rule and the Obama Affordable Care Act.
I think the stats speak for themselves viz Americans moving. They're moving out of California and New York and Connecticut and heading for the Red states where the taxes and other burdens of enlightened liberal progressive government are frowned upon by the majority of the citizens.
The neighborhoods are where God and man have left them. The insane desire to push the unwilling into close association with other people who are not like 'them' is undervalued by people that have spent much of their lives trying to get out of the ghetto and leave the lowlife behind. In the 60's and after, liberal government practiced urban renewal by going into the slums and knocking them down and building government housing like Cabrini-Green in Chicago (now also torn down due to its inhuman living conditions, crime and blight).
These days we practice a different form of urban renewal which sees educated liberal progressives move into minority neighborhoods and 'gentrify' them by expelling the blacks who formerly lived in that neighborhood and called it home. The hispanics are practicing the same exact form of 'urban renewal' and also expelling the blacks from their former neighborhoods. It seems that Americans like to live with people like themselves and put a very serious economic value on doing so despite all the liberal paeans of praise for living together in peace and harmony with all of God's children. All people know that some of those kids are really mean and vicious and you don't want to live next to them.
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His final comment is also beyond his meager comprehension. Urban Americans and many suburban Americans have trouble letting their children out to play anymore or to ride their bikes all over the place because government trolls and libprog Big Brothers and Big Sisters have stepped in and declared ANY parent who lets a child walk to school alone or ride a bike to school alone or play outside out of direct line-of-sight of a parent or guardian, is breaking the law and the child WILL be seized by
It goes without saying that Heather totally missed the other side of the issue in her wild enthusiasm for Tyler Cowen's point of view, but this is typical for CNN.