I don't know if it is as much doom and gloom as it is facing reality. I am sure there were plenty of Mayans that thought things were going to work out, the same for the Romans and history is replete with other examples. I'm sorry, I am not intending to stir the pot in any way, I'm just of the mind to speak up and say "HECK NO!" Not sit back and wait to see how it all turns out. I would think that one could objectively look at our friends in Greece and realize that the same scenario is coming here unless more people wake up and embrace the self- sufficient"ish" character traits albeit on a much larger (national) scale.
There used to be a popular saying that went something like this, "Those who fail to learn from history are destined to make the same mistakes" The fact is that there is NO example in all of history of any nation that is able to sustain itself by being a nanny for everyone. Unfortunately some are more content to re-write history than to teach it (or learn it)
When you think of it, it kind of flies in the face of natural selection! Can you imagine this scene playing out on the Serengeti? A lion is ready to take down a crippled gazelle and a jeep drives up with a couple government officials and says to the Lion, "Oh no! you can't do that! That would not be fair!"
It's silly I know, but no more ludicrous than to penalize someone who is earning a living by creating a value exchange and then having a majority of it taken away in order to pay the way of someone who does not care to work for themselves. But hey, that's just my opinion (and we all know what that is worth,
And Oh! That was a good bit of wisdom from you Mandy, well said, thanks!