WHY HAS LIFE EXPECTANCY IN THE U.S. DECLINED FOR YEARS AND NOW SUDDENLY PLUMMETED?
The chart pictured above captures some rather amazing trends about life expectancy at birth in the U.S. since roughly the year 1980. But if you’re an American (as I am) you would have already been alarmed at the general trend. Yet in recent years the “trend” has dramatically accelerated. For one, why has this even been something to track over the last 40 years? And why is this suddenly accelerating beyond 1st World averages in general? The short and long answer is Reganomics. The long answer is the acceleration of all things free market ever since we engaged in our denial of trickle-down economics (and, evidently, things like healthcare) ever since.
U.S. LIFE EXPECTANCY DECLINE AND RECNET PLUMMET ALL ABOUT DECADES OF WEALTH MORALITY
If you are a veritable rube, or simply new to the idea of high-end political bullshit, I’ll briefly explain trickle-down economics. This idea is intrinsically identifiable with Ronald Reagan as President, and generally also true for America’s idea of conservative elitist political philosophy for the last 4 decades. Trickle-down economics is supposedly when the market success of the biggest corporations simply “trickles down” like some kind of Biblical laser show to the middle class and below. To make a pretty comprehensive summary of this truth, it’s total and absolute bullshit. And the fact that it’s bullshit goes a long way in recognizing why America (“we’re number 1!”) now occupies 3rd world territory when it comes to life expectancy at birth.
YOUR LIFE EXPECTANCY IN THE U.S. DIRECTLY TIED TO YOUR WEALTH/MORAL SUPERIORITY PROFILE
If that isn’t helping you, I’ll include the formula from Rick Perlstein and his book, Reaganland. When Ronald Reagan became president, the idea that the U.S. government gave a “free ride” to citizens became morally reprehensible. And by a “free ride” it means the benefits from things like healthcare, social security and anything else you could possibly benefit from as an American citizen. The market’s success decides your fate. And if the market doesn’t succeed, well then it’s totally your fault for not working hard enough. So essentially, this means that the market wants you to die as young as possible if you’re too stupid to get rich in the trickle-down economic Darwinism.
YOUR LIFE EXPECTANCY IN THE U.S. IS SHORT BECAUSE YOU’RE A MORAL SUCKER FROM YESTERYEAR
In other words, you’re poor because you’re a (veritable) rube like I mentioned above. Working your ass off means you’re a “sucker.” Unless, of course, working your ass off means you talk smack while playing golf in luxury locations while earning 8% on funds you inherited from your absent father. According to Reaganomics, that is moral superiority. And don’t think too hard trying to identify your favorite orange demagogue who fits the bill on inherited moral and wealth superiority. He’s about to go to jail. But fortunately for him, his secret service detail in the slammer will likely give him better odds on life expectancy inside.
Unless, of course, Ivanka gets conjugal visits. That shit will get real, real fast. She understands the best way to get moral and wealth superiority it thru inheritance. And that’s another moral for this story. Bending over isn’t enough these days. Grab it and take it. Or, grab’em in their trickle down economics.