Monday, October 17, 2011
A strange dream and other machinations
Had one of those strange dreams the other night. I'll tell you about it but let me put you in the drivers' seat and tell me what you think.
You were driving down a 4 lane highway on a long journey. The road is fresh blacktop and the trip is going well. As time passes the road begins to narrow. What was once a smooth trip with plenty of room for all drivers now is congested and the four lane is now down to two one ways with a steep median in the middle. Suddenly you notice that the once nice road surface has turned from smooth black top to gravel and looking up ahead it looks as if it will turn to a dirt road. You decide to turn around but the only way is to try and find some exit. With none to be found you look to the median for any turn around. With a large line of cars behind you you manage to find a dirt path up the steep median but as you get to the crest to look down at the other direction you see that there is no road going back.
What we are witnessing today on the streets is the result of poor planing, bad management and a pervasive corruption that has taken hold in the corridors of our government. Never in my life time have I seen well educated highly experienced people cast out of their jobs as if they were yesterdays' garbage. People with 20, 30, and yes even 40 years of experience now stand at the unemployment line many with little hope of ever returning to the workforce. They played by the rules, did and gave all that they could yet somehow are now called lazy or bums or worse. This is not the only insult to injury that's about to transpire. With the failure of the passage of the jobs bill and the upcoming budget debate (you remember the budget that can they kicked down the road) state budgets are facing a similar fate if not worse. With each slice the hole in our safety nets grows larger. To those arrogant enough to think that it will not affect them are fooling themselves. Money can only grow when there are real assets and value some where in the mix. You can only sell a worthless promise for so long until someone decides to cash in theirs. At that point the house of cards falls. One must remember that the game didn't change after the last meltdown. The problems were not addressed. The fake solutions were nothing more than a smoke screen so that the game could continue, but we're now seeing the beginnings of the next collapse. Glossing over the problem with more printed money is not going to solve things. Yes it may look rosy for a while but it's more like covering cancer with acne cream. It doesn't fix the problem. Nor does cutting the revenue stream by lowering taxes. What's needed is a tax increase with the money used to fix our crumbling infrastructure. If we continue on our present path then those in our nations' capital just may be fearful of venturing outside of D.C. Not that they would have to fear a constituent but fear the results of their own making such as a bridge collapse. Karma is a hellish thing.
What machinations are unfolding before our very eyes today on the streets? This is no evil revolt to take over the world. This is an outcry against injustice. Of seeing laws, rules and our sense of basic fairness thrown out the window. When some laws are enforced while others are ignored it gets to the very heart of peoples' souls. You will note that no demands list has been presented to our leaders and may wonder why. That's a simple question to answer. What good would it do? When both political parties must answer to their corporate masters it's obvious they will only respond with a "lip service" form letter or email. What many people on the streets protesting don't realize is that they have the power but it doesn't come from working with a broken government. It will come from within them. It will come by changing the financial landscape and moving what little money they have from those corporate overlords. When a child won't share his toys what do we do? We take his toys away and give him time to change his ways. Remember we paid for his toys.
The clock is ticking. If no agreement on the federal budget is reached soon then the super duper committee will try and work things out but should it fail then there's a stipulation that a 10% across the board cut comes into play. Let's see how those in congress play chicken with that one.