Current State of Affairs

by Michelle Lasley

Michelle Lasley is a mother, wife in Pacific Northwest learning to balance green dreams with budget realities.

September 29, 2008


Categories: The Balancing Act

There is so much reeling around in my head, I have to get it out.  So, this will be a picture-less stream of consciousness rant about our Current State of Affairs.

A welcome reprieve to the financial news was the intro-skit for SNL, Saturday Night, no less.  Poehler and Fey do such a wonderful job with their impersonations, I was practically rolling on the floor laughing hysterically at their impersonations of Couric & Palin, without having seen the actual interview.  I paused, as Poehler/Couric asked Fey/Palin how she deemed herself worthy of participating in foreign policy and her answer was that Russia was a neighbor by water.  My breath is still stuck and I am still shaking my head after having seen the REAL interview.
Ms. Palin, let me respond to your principles of being able to participate in foreign policy by having foreign countries as your neighbor.  I may be a neighbor by simple virtue of having people live next door, but that doesn’t make me neighborly.  To be neighborly, I must engage with my neighbors.  I should help keep an eye on their property, as a courtesy, listen to their stories, and occasionally ask them for favors, like a cup of sugar when I run low.  As Ms. Couric attempted to point out in the interview, Ms. Palin has not clearly negotiated anything with her foreign neighbors.  McCain/Palin then pointed to the inexperience of Reagan and Clinton before they took office.  I suppose we should hearken back to the 1988 V.P. debate between Quayle and Bentsen.
QUAYLE: … I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency. I will be prepared to deal with the people in the Bush administration, if that unfortunate event would ever occur.
WOODRUFF: Senator Bentsen.
BENTSEN: Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy, I knew Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy…
I wonder, because it seems so ridiculous to me that McCain would ask Palin to be his running mate, even under the supposed Maverick title.  I wonder, is it all a ploy?  Do we live under one giant conspiracy?
A friend of a friend had a prediction in 2001 after 9/11 that right before the 2008 election something disastrous would happen and the Bush Administration would declare Marshall Law and suspend the elections.  How does this financial crisis relate to that prediction?  Does it at all?  How does Marshall Law compare to $700 billion dollars?
Many people, it seems, are angered that our representatives would consider such a plan.  Why bail out Wall Street when the money should be directed to Main Street, read many headlines.  Numbers have been thrown around that that amount means $2 mil per person in the U.S.  I hear a figure for the Iraq War, and this amount is close to the amount spent on the war.  Why is liquidity important?  Why are we a WORLD run on credit instead of what we own since we value property so much?
I can’t answer some of these questions because I don’t understand economics.  But, I had Excel do some math for me.  According to the Census, we have over 305 million people in the U.S. (I thought it was closer to 250 mil).  So, I created a table to compare some values, and the values I got were no where close to the values thrown around.
  • U.S. at 305,295,855 divide into the bailout amount $700,000,000,000.00 equals $2,292.86 per person.
  • The percent that Own their own Home is 68% of 305,295,855 divide into $700,000,000,000.00 equals $3,366.90 per person.
  • The number of Occupied Homes is 111,228,000 divide into $700,000,000,000.00 equals $6,293.38 per home.
  • The percent over 18+ is 75% of 305,295,855 divide into $700,000,000,000.00 equals $3,040.93 per person over 18.
Any thoughts?
The whole mess seems really confusing, and I still want to know why it’s so important for government to bail out a system that as it’s failing could be a sign that it’s not working and maybe we need to find a different way about doing things.
I found some old writings recently, and it reminded me of the importance achieving self-actualization.  But, in order to do that, our needs must be met.  Maybe this financial crisis will wake everyone up that we need to take care of our needs, reevaluate those needs, and forge ahead together to meet those needs.


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