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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Just "Who" is Responsible for this Mess?

You and me, that's who.

(While this could have been the shortest post I've ever written, I think I'd rather pontificate on the topic a tad bit longer.....)

Let me back up and explain...yesterday, I wrote a little post asking why we had to have such an elaborate celebration for the changing of the Presidential guards and wouldn't that money have been better spent on food for the poor and for those who have lost their jobs. I also felt that Obama wasn't that big of a change from past Presidents in my eyes due to the fact that he's male, Ivy-League schooled, etc, etc.

One of the commenter's was clearly upset by my position and asked the question, "just WHO did I think was responsible for this financial mess in are in" and went on to offer that ex-Pres Bush was the responsible person and that he didn't even care that he screwed us all. I could actually feel the anger of each letter in her comment! After rereading the comment over and over, several thoughts came to mind:

1) Most great economists always say and are correct in saying that we give Presidents far too much credit when the economy is good and far too much credit when the economy is bad. There are just too many factors and parties (and countries, for that matter) involved for one branch of government to have enormous effect on the economy as a whole.

2) ALL politicians care about the people they govern and try to do the best job they can. It doesn't matter if you are talking about the local School Board position or a state representative or the Vice President of the United States. And I know that Mr. Obama is going to do everything he can to keep us safe from our enemies, assist with getting the economy back into the better cycles quickly just as Bush and Clinton and all the rest of the past Presidents have done before them. They wouldn't have chosen this profession if they didn't care. We the people need to understand this basic fact about politicians and stop listening to the media and individual voices who tell us otherwise.

3) I hate the way American elections are handled because it breeds the angry, divisive attitudes and ruins advanced thought by simplifying the process to one word messages. The system has been so far dumbed-down that stretching beyond 'Hope vs Experience' can actually be detriment to an election outcome. We need to give each other a little more credit than that. My commenter was angry because she heard over and over that Bush is an evil guy who doesn't care for anyone except maybe the 5% rich folks and that we need a change. It's just not that simple.

4) I believe that "we" all are responsible for the "mess" we are currently in and "we" will get ourselves out of it. Heck, "we" really enjoyed all the benefits and growth and material items during the years 2003 through 2006, didn't "we"?

5) I bet history teachers are also angry right now because they know we have not read our history books very well. Otherwise, we would know about regular economic cycles, about tax cuts and growth, stimulus packages and good roads coupled with long recessions and Presidential Inaugural speeches and the like.

6) Finally, I am glad I live in America to enjoy the freedoms we have with our democratic system but wish we could express our differences in a more mature, intellectual manner and with a lot more grace.


Blogger The Stiletto Mom said...

What did I miss yesterday??? Going back to read and the read todays....was in fairly loathsome mood yesterday so kept to myself!

January 21, 2009 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger dhash said...

I am amazed at how you can read my mind an put the crazy stuff up there into great words. I hope that we as a country can come out of this. It is going to be a long hard road.

January 21, 2009 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

I know, I had to go back and read yesterday's comments too! I'm probably being immature but I DO hate George W and I think he's partially to blame for the economy. Of course, there are other factors but I don't think he did much to turn the failing economy around, especially while he was riding out the last year of his presidency. Let's hope that Obama can do something to turn it around since he does have a lot of power.

January 21, 2009 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

wow, you know you're a fine blogger when you ignite a bit of a firestorm. Nicely done.

If I were a finger pointer, the president is certainly not one I would think to point toward for economic woes.

Rather, the media trying to tell me I'm poor and we're all falling apart right now is a problem! Also a problem was when they made us think we all needed bits of this and that over the last few years and that buying it when we couldn't afford it was easy and okay. I didn't listen to them then and I certainly am not listening to them now but clearly most people are. And that makes them think they need an executive branch savior. Disappointment awaits them, I'm afraid.

January 21, 2009 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Warner said...

You are right, Beth - we are ALL responsible for our present circumstances. And to blame one person, namely Bush, for our woes, shows a certain lack of sophistication and understanding. Congress writes the laws and the regulations, and the Wall Street power brokers paid good money to create and maintain a regulatory environment that allowed them to exercise their greed unimpeded. Remember, the predominantly left-leaning titans of Wall Street supported Obama 2 to 1 with their campaign dollars - why? Because Obama was the candidate most likely to bail out the financial industry without demanding accountability and the prosecution of the real perps. FANNIE and FREDDIE were among Obama's biggest campaign supporters. I just hope the new administration does not start a witch hunt and try to pin blame for the world's woes on Bush and Cheney. Oy!

January 22, 2009 at 10:29 AM  

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