|Feb 03, 2009 12:02 am
||re: Commonsense Approach To The Economy
Already we are reading suicide notes from individuals taking out their entire family for inability to find work.
"Americans have been far ahead of their politicians. They realize that a bold plan
is not measured by its costs, but rather by the strength and wisdom of its ideas.
They also know it is not measured by what the editorial writers or TV pundits say.
And they know it is not measured by its complexity. Instead it is measured by a
single criterion ĘC does it work?"
I like that.
Of the four questions asked, I wonder ...
1. Have you received your check from any of the bailouts yet? I can assure you many of the CEOs on Wall Street have.
> Are we expecting someone to send us a "magic" check that will bail us out ?
2. Are you able to borrow more easily today than you were six months ago before all of these bailouts began?
> Why would I have a focus on ability to borrow and continue to support those who rip off my community ?
3. Are you less worried about your future now than you were before the bailouts began?
> What good is worrying about future in any case - especially when forming "a bold plan ... not measured by its costs"
4. If the government asked you if you would feel better about your economic situation by keeping $6700 for your family, or sending it to the government and asking them to spend it however they would like, which one would make you feel better?
If I wanted to ask four questions, maybe I would ask:
1. What can I do to help keep more of the wealth generated within my community IN my community working where we need it ?
2. What can I and my community do to reduce the real costs of delivering needed services ?
3. What can I do to help the youngest generation to be educated to survive regardless of "economic downturns" ?
4. What can I do to help my family and community meet their own basic needs at least cost ?
On a national level right now what needs done is going to cost an as-yet unborn generation dearly, and yet doing that "what needs done" is only a step toward finding any real solutions for the future of our world - it is only a "temporary fix" to help us bridge the gap while we put something in the way of real long term solutions in place, and one of the *goals* of any "real long term solution" ought to be reducing the effect on ALL future generations of the harm our "bridge" solution will do along with the harm already done to them by our arrogant and greedy practices we, as a nation, have allowed or engaged in through the past several decades.
So far, in my view, the real challenges we face are not even being mentioned, much less addressed or considered as part of any "plan"
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