Now that the so-called stimulus package has been signed, the only thing left is to wait to see if it will work. As I have mentioned in my posts, I have some doubt, but I’m hopeful but with a lot of trepidation.
first off, everyone has to know that we will not be returning to the glory days of the past. If all boats rise in good times, they all will lower or sink in bad. So expectations have to be adjusted for this new world we are entering. It’s times like these that brings me back to the following song on of my favorite by Simon
Words & music by Paul Simon
Many’s the time I’ve been mistaken
And many times confused
Yes, and I’ve often felt forsaken
And certainly misused
Oh, but I’m all right, I’m all right
I’m just weary to my bones
Still, you don’t expect to be
Bright and bon vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home
As of this moment all economic models are suspect, it seems that we have to build one that is a anagram of most the major ones (capitalism, socialism) and in fact, that work has already started. Do not waste your time on the finer points of goverance, what is or what is not socialism or capitalism. The fact is, if I can get money from the goverment to help pay for my house and buy food.. It’s socialism at it’s purest form. Now I have no opinion (or preference for that matter) either way, other than to say that as a child of the post war boom, to find us at this point, has a lot of irony to say the least.
Can you redefine “The American Way”? are we in fact “So far away from home”? over the years “The American Way” has become a slogan that celebrates plenty (if not excess) and less about how Americans do things as opposed to everyone else on the planet. Can it now be something that at last we all can embrace? Even in decline? Are we at the end of the American Ascension? Until these things are answered, and agreed upon in unity we will not be prepared for the future
And I don’t know a soul who’s not been battered
I don’t have a friend who feels at ease
I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered
or driven to its knees
but it’s all right, it’s all right
for we lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the
road we’re traveling on
I wonder what’s gone wrong
I can’t help but wonder, what’s gone wrong
most, if not all of us are battered, retirement for many of us is now either non-existing or as Simon writes… “driven to It’s knees. What can any of us do? but hope that it is going to be “all right” At the time this song was written we had no idea what was wrong for us and the country. We could not, or would not, look that far ahead. Simon was singing about a loss of innocence as we stumbled through the late sixties. Even then, we were unknowingly marching towards this point where we are starting to pay the price for a consumerism that was unbounded by any thing approaching American values of hard work.
Why must we think that we can go forth on what went before us? Why must we love something that can’t be true? Health care (or lack of )is a perfect example of our inability to move forward. Basic health care should be something that is a Right. Will we have the guts to dismantle the present system? I think not, too many have too much to lose if we do the right thing and the right thing is a major reseting of the health care systems, trashing whole companies, killing a lot of jobs because the amount of care we provide per dollar is very high and inefficient.
We have one political party that wants too much it seems and another that wants nothing at all… and all we can do is hope that they can reach a middle.. We will See