Monday, 8 September 2008

What a mess

We are in a mess. We are in a fiscal mess and a national mess.

The United States is in hock to China and to the oil producing nations.

They are calling the shots.

We (the U.S.A.) are now a financial colony of China and OPEC.

China and the OPEC countries now effectively control our fiscal policies.

We are in a mess because of our reckless and ideologically based foreign policies (see Georgia, Iraq, and Iran etc for details).

These policies have been based on neo-conservative theory, rather than on State Department and Defence Department wisdom and experience.

We are in an internal mess because the voters and the Congress bought into Ronald Reagan’s untried and un-tested ideas that taxes were intrinsically bad; and that government regulation was abhorrent.

Reaganology has led to record American budget deficits, and to the disastrous failures in the Banking, Mortgage, Housing, and Airline industries.

Despite this, America may yet elect the heirs of failure (McSame and the Pistol Packin’ Momma) to be stewards of our heritage for the next four years.

But this blog entry is not simply about political and economic theory.

It is about what is truly happening as a result of Reagan, Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. policies.

Here is some dope.

1. Resurrection House helped provide housing in Motels for 30 families last month. This is a record number for us. And we know that we are but one of the eight or nine agencies in SRQ who provide this kind of help.

2. I have a delightful, prudent, and wise neighbour who is a Realtor. The market is so bad that he has not made a sale in months. His financial situation is so desperate that I (gladly) agreed to let him use one of my credit cards to renew an essential professional membership at a cost of $23. Who can imagine not having a meager $23?

“Rise up middle class folks!”

The rich get richer. The poor get poorer. The middle class is being squeezed out of existence.

“Rise up middle class folks!”

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