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So, no one – not a single politician – offers new political and economic solutions. Mainly, because none of them (meaning, their ignorant advisers) offered a detailed political and economic analysis of the processes happening in America in the last thirty years. And no one had taken their responsibility for being a part of those degrading processes. That is one of the reasons why many Americans are looking for a political outsider (that image was projected by Obama, Trump and now by Sanders and Buttigieg).
Thermal insulation deserves only one word – it’s a joke. With such approach to thermal insulation one can only laugh at any attempts to lower energy consumption. Exhaust and air-conditioning pipes that run through the building have so bad junctions that every smell is leaking out through them and through the cracks in the structure. Gas-burning air and water heaters make you feel like you are in a car where the exhaust pipe has a crack. And on a cold winter night don't try to plug two extra heaters in your power outlets, because your circuit bakers will brake, because they can sustain only one, because the electric wiring is cheap. The only factor why developers call those buildings “luxury” is because those buildings are new – no one yet lived in them (I was the first or the second tenant). Those developers of “luxury” apartments are so cheap, they don't even install light switches with an LED in it, and a washing machine and a driver came right from the nearest laundromat. “Luxury”!
A Nigerian bought a hose and was shocked by its low quality – “we don’t have such poorly built houses in Nigeria” (naturally, we aren't talking here about slams). An Indian says “I cannot live in my new apartment, it’s like my neighbors live in it with me”.
But only few Americans can compare the quality of their products with the quality of products in other places. In fact, it has become more and more difficult to find a good quality product in America. For a decade I have been seeing how good high-quality products have been gradually replaced by cheap low-quality versions. If you find a good product, most probably it is made in Europe and has to be purchased online.
The quality of roads and many infrastructure objects is to be described by a single word - pathetic. Contractors use the oldest technologies and the cheapest materials but charge like it's the latest invention. This where greed crosses into fraud, like it always eventually does.
The internet in America is the slowest but the most expensive among all the developed countries. The only reason for that is greed - the providers (who divided the market between few big companies) use the cheapest solutions and also have the goverment in the pocket to set any price they want.
Every winter, a year after a year, a decade after a decade, thousands of Americans lose their electricity because electric companies are too cheap to move the wires from old wooden polls under the ground. Due to exactly same reason every year thousands of people lose their homes and displaced because of fires started buy crappy power lines.
Especially upsetting to see how greed affects medications. When Russian doctors learn what Americans have to use, often they cannot believe it – “that’s the 19th century!”. American pharmaceutical firms guard their market by not letting in medications from the European competitors. Greed literally kills Americans, or at least does not let them live longer and healthier (in general, American healthcare system can only thrive when the majority of Americans a sick).
Do you want to know the true sign of greed and being cheep? Every year the toilet paper in many institutions become thinner and thinner; it is almost as think now as a cigarette paper.
America is the only developed country in the whole world that could not survive without highly educated foreigners. And yet, there is no doubt in the mind of anyone in American elite that this is not right, that this poses a potential threat to the nation – “We got so much money, we can buy anyone, it’s just cheaper than investing in American education” (hail to greed!).
They have become incapable of doing anything different from what they have been doing for a long time. They should step down and let in some fresh blood, or at least to hire someone who can think. But they are too arrogant to accept this.
Or, like Russian used to say for centuries: “Whose fault is that, and what to do about it?”
Appendix: some additional illustrations