10 years ago

 On August 15, 2000, we were at peace. The country had a budget surplus. Things looked promising for the coming decade. How’d we do?
  • 10 years ago, who would have thought that we’d have spent 3 trillion dollars on two wars that are not yet over?
  • 10 years ago, who would have thought that we would be living through the worst economic times since the Great Depression?
  • 10 years ago, who would have thought that the decade ahead would yield 8 of the hottest 10 years ever, including this year – the hottest ever?
  • 10 years ago, who would have thought that oil would have hit $147 a barrel, collapsing the economy?
  • 10 years ago, who would have thought that a presidential election could be hijacked?
  • 10 years ago, who would have thought that racism would be making a strong comeback in American life?
  • 10 years ago, who would have thought that the way of life we considered “normal” benefited only global corporations at the expense of both people and the planet?
  • 10 years ago, who would have thought that this country would be over $13.3 TRILLION dollars in debt, a debt that is increasing by $4 billion every day?
  • 10 years ago, who would have thought that 1% of Americans would have taken to themselves 75% of wealth generated from 2000-2010?
  • 10 years ago, who would have thought that nearly 50% of all of America’s children – and 90% of African American kids – would need food stamps at some point in their childhood?
  • 10 years ago, who would have thought that we would have poisoned the Gulf of Mexico?
  • 10 years ago, who would have thought that local food would become so important to our lives?
  • 10 years ago, who would have thought that the decade from 2010-2020 may well determine the future course of civilization?
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