Cycles of poverty, incarceration, drug use, abuse...
I hate these kinds of cycles. But fact is, they exist and persist. And one of the reasons they do - and some of you aren't going to like this - is because there are entire "industries" built around them. Let's call them "cycle ancillaries" employing hundreds of thousands of fixers and helpers of all sorts, tasked with doing something about ending this or that cycle.
Good. As I said, I don't like these cycles. However, I dislike ineffectiveness and waste just as much, especially when the unit of measurement is a human being. And again, you may not like this, but the "fix" has a vested interest in keeping things unfixed.
Complicated stuff. Still every now and then something comes along and stirs the pot. Right now it's Criminal Justice Reform. President Obama has made it a priority. I hope there's no administration letup - not one bit - full peddle to the metal.
There's a window of opportunity (election coming) for taking this fight to the real battlefield, the Marketplace. Reform and cycle-ending activities and expenditures either result in success in the Marketplace or not. If so, there's a shot at true independence and self-sufficiency. If not, dependence and subsidy continues.
I am tired of cycles, of endless bickering, and disgusting inefficiency. But so what? Fact is, we are not ready to end them ... not yet. There are lots of people that know how to do it, just like there are lots with the means to make it happen. Some are in government but most aren't.