It’s only a matter of time (and can probably be counted in days rather than weeks) before the economy-stupid becomes the driving issue in this coming presidential election.
Sure, this is the season of Thanksgiving. And yes, people should be counting their lucky stars, but there is a palpable sense of gloom hanging over everything right now. Jobs are threatened. Pensions are non-existent. Home mortgages are foreclosing. Debt is through the ceiling. And the rich keep getting richer and richer and richer. The average salary on Wall Street is now $17,000 a week, and a lot of those guys are crying because THEY’RE NOT MAKNG ENOUGH!
Meanwhile, kids (and some are not kids) are dying in Iraq. It’s time to kick start the draft, but I suggest that everybody over the age of 45, men and women, be eligible for some form of national service. No deferments, except for veterans.
There is very little leadership in this country. It’s pathetic. I don’t have the energy today to rant on, so I’m posting this audio, a speech from one of my favorite movies of all time, “Network” which came out in 1976. The Cold War was still going on then, but the message eerily applies to this day. (Ball, you’ll appreciate this) The writer Paddy Chayefsky said it better than anyone, through the character of Howard Beale. Click on “Mad”:http://www.leechvideo.com/video/view2566273.html and then have a happy Thanksgiving.