Wading Through The All-American Hype in Search of Truth
So, I think this was a dumb move - to say he was getting on a plane to save the world like Captain America, only in truth he was doing an interview with Katie Couric, who is with the same network - CBS.
So, this is just but one more oddity with Election 08, and I have to tell you, I am sick of the commercials and the rhetoric. I am having a hard time discerning fact from fiction with both political parties. I hear spin doctors....what I don't hear enough of are the candidates - in their own words unscripted.
And then there is the other problems I have with the election season along with the U.S. economic woes: Does either candidate have a viable plan? Does either candidate have the knowledge base to give me, the Average American, some degree of comfort?
And "calling off the election" because the U.S. is in crisis. Is that a distraction tactic? Seriously? We can't just put the economy in time out and stand it in the corner facing the wall, life goes on...including the campaigns.
The current economic situation is a bi-partisan mess, and as a voter, my main concern is honestly that NEITHER candidate has the expertise to deal with it. I feel the largest mistake that people make in this situation is blaming one political party over the other when both have a degree of culpability. Both major parties need to own their part in it.
And I must admit this whole thing smacks of free market profits and socialized losses. Why should I, an American taxpayer, pay for someone else's poor judgement and unpaid bills? Are they paying mine? No. I pay my own.
The housing bubble bursting and the ensuing credit markets mess also has some other players that no one is talking about: real estate professionals and mortgage brokers. What of those fine folk who upsold your neighbors into a home they really couldn't afford? What of those fine folk who would sell their mothers to close a deal? What accountability do all these people have with getting people in over their heads financially?
The other thing I love are the fairy tails being spun that this hasn't affected the greater Philadelphia region and the Main Line. It has. Only no one wants to talk about it. Foreclosures and defaults on mortgages and credit cards and home equity lines of credit are happening all over. We don't live in a bubble here in Shangrila. Get real.
This economic situation is very real, and those who came through the depression are shaking their heads. We are at the very least, in a darn nasty recession. The rest of it remains to unfold as Washington DC chases it's tail some more and wastes more time pointing fingers.
As a voter and an American citizen, I would just love it if politicians would cut to the chase and tell it like it is...like it really is. And those fine folk in Washington who represent us? They had best not come home for recess without having some safeguards in place....if they do, we should vote them ALL out of office.
We are in a very confusing time, are we not? It sure seems like the tail is wagging the dog and no one knows what they are doing.
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