on May 18th, 2012
Let’s just have a few meditations on the economy today, and how it’s affecting the race for the presidency. What better way to accomplish this than to allow the cartoonists to carry the meditation? I know most of what I write about is national, but we can start with one state’s economy:
Of course, if that happens, the rest of the country will be affected also. Did you hear that California governor Jerry Brown just announced that the state debt is far worse than he anticipated? Gee, I wonder if his policies might have something to do with that? Why is it that we think we’re immune to an economic Armageddon?
This mentality can be found at the top as well:
One of my concerns is that a slightly lower unemployment rate will fool voters into thinking things are turning around. Anyone thinking that way is overlooking one significant factor:
In other words, the number of people looking for jobs keeps dropping because they’ve given up. A shrinking unemployment rate masks a shrinking labor force. That’s not progress. All it does is put more citizens on the government dole. Remember Julia?
How widespread is that outlook on life? The more it becomes the norm, the closer we are to utter collapse. Yet the Obama campaign continues to make job creators into villains. That’s bad enough, but the hypocrisy of it only adds to the reprehensible nature of the attack:
Keep in mind the president himself is also part of the so-called 1%. He’s not exactly suffering.
on May 13th, 2010
I haven’t said anything about Greece yet, so I guess it’s about time. In case you haven’t been following this, Greece is now a basket-case financially. How did it get that way? Its socialist policies have bankrupted it. Did you know the retirement age in Greece is about 53? Sounds good, some might say. No, we were made to be productive far beyond that age. All it did was create a massive entitlement that the government no longer can afford. You might call it an economic monstrosity.
Pretty scary, huh? Want to see something even scarier? When the Greek government introduced “austerity” measures, this was the response from the populace.
I thought I’d give you the montage so you could get the full effect. Seems like some people don’t like to have their goodies taken away. Of course, that’s only natural. It’s also socialism, where the government provides for everyone. Dependency doesn’t take long to become entrenched.
Now all the European nations are saying they have to stop this financial bleeding—Greece is too big to fail. Where have we heard that before? So they are throwing money at the problem—the classic liberal/progressive/socialist solution.
There actually should be another label on one of those ships; it should read “United States.” Yes, we’re helping, too, to the tune of $8 billion. So let me get this straight: Greece’s socialist policies caused this problem; everyone throws money at the problem, which hurts everyone else’s economy by adding more spending; we lurch toward socialism so that someday we might be like Greece too. Doesn’t sound particularly intelligent.
That’s us in the not-too-distant future if we continue along the Obama path. This is serious, so it’s time we started acting like responsible adults and do something about it.
November is coming.