Oh, Goody, A New Blogsite So Sewerites Can Go Squable Over All Things Los Ososish and Sewerish
Aaron Ochs (Ed Ochs & "The Rock") has started a blog at http://ochsnation.blogspot.com/ and first up to bat a very odd but interesting coloquy between Ed and CSD Candidate Maria Kelly over words on yard signs.
Question Of The Year
President Bush spoke to the nation last night. I didn't waste my time tuning in. I mean, who in their right mind would bother to listen to what that guy had to say on anything, let alone . . . on the economy? So, did he tell the nation that yellow-cake was discovered in the offices of Lehman Bros so we HAVE to bail out Wall Street IMMEDIATELY or else we'd soon be seeing a mushroom cloud over the Empire State Building? Or maybe he told Americans that we'd better give carte blanche to his guy, Paulson, RIGHT NOW WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED simply on his say-so? Like Bush knows what's going on with the economy, instead of merely acting like a groundhog who pops up to get scared of his shadow then zwoop! pops back into his hidey-hole?
And, of course, it's such an EMERGENCY that Senator McCain HAS to suspend his campaign, cancel Friday's presidential debates, so he can RUSH back to the capital and SOLVE the problem (publicly, microphones in place, cameras running, not that's any of this is . . . political, no, no, perish the thought), thereby SAVING the country. This from a guy who told reporters that, frankly, he didn't know that much about economic stuff. (And when you have so many houses you lose track of them, you can afford to not know much about econcomic stuff.)
It was an interesting move because, on the surface, it was framed as Mr. Don't Know Much About The Economy, Mr. DeRegulator , Mr. Keating Five Bail Out The Savings & Loans Deja Vu McCain Rushing To Save The Republic while Mr. Hates America Obama Wants A (yeeech) "Political" Debate To Go Forward While The Nation Burns To The Ground, O Mah Gawd!!!
On the other hand, the reality was likely very different. Why would the various econcomic experts (who apparently don't know what's going on either and have no idea what these proposals mean or will mean, very clever folks who are proposing America buy a pig in a poke) want some I Don't Know How Many Houses I Own Guy stomping in to play Lady Bountiful Come to Save The Nation (where's the cameras?) and because of his lack of expertise in things economic, ends up putting a political monkey wrench into what's bound to be a very delicate deal?
Or, having this politically honed announcement leaving a whole lot of people asking, Can't McCain walk and chew gum at the same time? If not, uh, don't think he's up to the multi-tasking job of Prez. And if McCain can't multi-task, think what would Moose Mamma One Heartbeat Away From The Oval Office be able to manage? I mean, put lipstick on a moose, it's still a moose, and flying to a fancy hotel in New York to meet some heads of state does not constitute foreign policy experience.
And, most important of all, why is the President (and McCain) in such a rush? Does that have a familiar ring to it? Naomi Klein, who wrote "Shock Economics" thinks she's seen this all before -- create chaos and in the panic, steal the silverware before anyone has a clear head and can deal with things properly, hurry-hurry-hurry!
Well, America, you'd better pray that there are sufficient people in Congress who DO know a whole lot about economics, people with very, very cool heads, who know a re-run when they see it, and have a keen eye on the nation's silverware. And before Bush's cronies scamper out of the room with the swag, they'll make sure the Taxpayer has at least some grip on the assets before they're fleeced . . . . again.
And in additon to praying, I'd suggest you call your Senator & Congressperson and tell them to take their time, do the deal properly, secure the assets, put into place proper checks and balances and regulations so we don't have to go through this Shock & Awe Economic Grand Larceny . . . once more.