I have been reading a lot about how the U.S. is at fault in all the current fiasco. And we are - we are. And so is the rest of the world. If you are reading this overseas amid headlines about some national financial institution of yours going down remember, no one held a gun to your banks' heads and made them invest in our "sub prime" real estate and other hocus pocus financial derivatives in exchange for the promise of untold returns on their investments. And that's what they're getting - "untold", as in "unrealized" - returns on their investments. That's what we're getting, too (the financial term for the current situation is "the shaft" - that wasn't too technical, was it?). Consider all this the flip side of Gordon Gecko's "greed is good" speech.
I read and hear on the radio today about the E.U. telling us we need to "take leadership" in all this. Let me muster my reply from my meager command of French to my friends and allies across the pond about all that.
Your banks and businesses invested in us because they're just as greedy fucks as we are, and they (and you) are going to get the pleasure of going down with us. Welcome to the Titanic - do you want a suite or something in steerage? Me? I figure I am just the waiter on the 13th deck below water line - I get just enough time to look up from delivering some tea to shout, "What the...?" and be inundated. Meanwhile my "representatives" are playing games rearranging the deck chairs.
...One trillion dollars...
Money down the rat hole of Iraq. Evaporated in the pursuit of "Homeland Security". Oil company profits. And now this. And mark you - that's without the $700,000,000,000 bail out accounted for.
I quoted just this morning to a British friend of mine my favorite political quote ever by conservative author P.J. O'Rourke:
The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.The Census sez as of my angrily hammering these keys that we have 305,302,910 people in the U.S. this minute (not counting illegal aliens). That's $32,754.36 per every man, woman and child. Per every Congresscritter and felon (there's a difference?) And it's growing every second. The Census also says there's 6,727,110,232 people on the planet right now. So let's spread the
- P.J. O'Rourke, Parliament of Whores
'cause I'm here to tell you we here in the U.S. are not going to be able to. No matter how much our allies and friends tell us to "exhibit world leadership". I have six people in this house. I do not have $196,526.16 on hand for this - and that doesn't count our own mortgage and other debts. Gee, will you take a check? The word "default" keeps popping up in my head. Sorry about that if it ruins your plans. It sure ruins mine.
It's a Good Thing we Christians all believe in the Kingdom over the world - I think we're going to get to live out our beliefs. Just like our grandparents did. God will let us live by our word. Lucky, eh? There's a reason the church is growing fastest in "the third world" now - they will have a lot to teach us. Let us be humble enough to learn.
Herein endeth the screed.