The Land of Opportunity & Cronyism

America is the land of unbounded opportunity and sometimes repugnant cronyism.

Each of the three leading contenders for the U.S. presidency is the son of a foreign-born father! Barack Obama’s father was born in Kenya. Mitt Romney’s father started life in Mexico. Rick Santorum’s father came to the U.S. from Italy. This fluidity in America social class is unknown in human history.

When I lived overseas, a 30-something friend of mine married a girl who was 14 (or younger) because she was what his family could afford. As odd as this may sound to Americans, this scenario is closer to the norm of human experience.

What does America’s spontaneous ascendancy offer our nation? Under the current president, cronies such as the leaders of Solyndra had $500 million of our money given to them with minimal scrutiny. Under the preceding president, cronies at Halliburton received enormous government contracts without the bother of bidding.

I hope for success for whomever wins the election this fall. I hope that he will fire a couple self-serving cronies and look to the people’s business.


About Ben Unseth

Executive Director at Project Understanding (2014-2017), social service agency in Ventura, CA
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