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Monday, August 03, 2009

Are we there yet?

Sifting through what amounted to news from a lazy August Sunday -- reading about the Sunday yak shows and speculation whether the economy will rebound quickly enough and whether Barack Obama is bipartisan enough I was reminded of a political cartoon I saw recently.

The cartoonist had Obama in the driver's seat and John Q. Public sitting next to him, questioning every two seconds: "Are we there yet? Are we there yet?"

The 24-second, 140-character news cycle has really warped our sense of timing.

How many years have we battled over finding a rational system to overhaul or health care system? The only thing I can tell you with certainty is it has been about 15 years since the last real effort failed, thanks to overwhelming efforts by the invested parties to scuttle it. And by invested I don't mean you and we.

How long did it take for the economy to fall into a rat hole? Again, there's evidence the seeds of this debacle go back 15 years or so, but the real collapse was only 10-plus months ago.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but we didn't get out of the Great Depression overnight. In fact, it took a war to do that -- and I'm not suggesting we need a third front to get things moving.

Besides, there really isn't a great military demand for tanks -- as the automakers proved when they fell apart because they were hidebound in their thinking for decades.

So let's take a deep breath, suck some humid air into our lungs and relax. No we're not there yet. It's a long drive and we've just begun.

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Blogger Judy Meredith said...

Good point, but it's hard to be patient in these dog days of summer, when libraries and senior centers are closing, direct care workers are being laid off, restless teens have no summer jobs or leadership programs to go to and just this morning in the Globe, little kids have no summer program or supplemental food programs while their moms and dads work three jobs at minimum wage.

August 03, 2009 8:43 AM  
Blogger Readwriteblue said...

The President's belief that he sees an economic turn around is so wrong it is laughable. There is a blood letting going on in our economy and only those that are so blind that they do not wish to see it, don't see it. ALL of our economic problems can be traced back to bad governance by the political class for the last twenty years. Because many of the same people, using many of the same dis-proven ideas, are still trying to affect the economy for their own political gains, we will be in trouble for a long time.

August 04, 2009 9:50 AM  

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