An Important And Timely Essay

Via Allah here is a well-written piece on some of the real problems, and the real solutions, that we face

It is time to face reality. I am not nearly well-informed enough to offer even an educated guess as to the immediate cause of the market crash and subsequent recession/depression. But it seems painfully clear at this point that a substantial portion of the economic growth we enjoyed in the years prior to 2007 was entirely illusory and funded by ill-advised and unsustainable lending practices. This is a problem that doesn’t solve itself overnight. And moreover, when it is “solved,” a substantial portion of us will nonetheless have to accept a lifestyle that is much less comfortable than the ones we enjoyed 5 years ago.

What scares me – I mean, truly terrifies me – about this entire situation is not what I am going to do about my own predicament (although I would be lying if I said it did not cause me substantial amounts of stress). It is that no Presidential candidate who stands a chance of winning can afford to say anything like the preceding paragraph. It would be political suicide for any candidate – Republican or Democrat – to suggest aloud, “You know what? As a candidate I can fix things around the edges and start us on the road to recovery, but if we’re being perfectly honest with each other, it’s going to be a long time (if ever) before things get back to the way they were.”

Read the whole thing.

What built America, what allowed us to grow into the most free, most successful republic the world has ever seen, was in large part a simple belief: I will work, I will struggle, I will sacrifice, I will put up with less now so that those that follow, be they literally my children or not, can have more. Generation after generation built thankfully upon the shoulders of those that came before, striving ever upward to add their own humble contributions to the base, broadening and strengthening the core. And then, starting in the 60s mostly and accelerating in the years hence, the focus shifted from working for the future to living for today. We went from building to servicing in both the physical structure of our economy and more importantly in our outlook; a tectonic shift that has led to where we are today.

The only way out is for us to realize that all the promises that politicians made us can’t be honored. We all can’t have vacation homes and new cars and unlimited free health care and lives in which everyone is always a winner. Government can not legislate away old age, disease, poor sports teams or bad luck no matter how the demagogues may rail against these things and try to claim they are in someway somehow someone’s fault.

We need to stop expecting and demanding that the government will cushion our fall, because the easiest way for them to do that is stop us from standing up.

4 Responses to “An Important And Timely Essay”

  1. Gary from Jersey says:

    This is an outline for the revolution those Stop Wall Street maroons are hell-bent on starting. No one can stop or reform government now and sides are forming. These are very scary times.

  2. Syd B. says:

    …and thank God that not all politicians have forgotten about the little people:

    Read the comments below the article. Very entertaining.

  3. aelfheld says:

    I prefer King Log.

  4. Gunslinger says:

    “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

    Who knew that Kennedy was actually a Republican?

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