A Spoonful of Sugar
By: Patti Bankson
Sometime back Congress thought the Baseball / Steroid issue was a matter of grave importance, so they held public hearings. Remember? Such high drama. Cameras and microphones, a more genteel version of the perp walk, and athletes grilled â€˜til they were well-done. If I recall correctly, those hearings arose from a deep concern for we the people, and our children, who see athletes as heroes. But in the end, we still only knew that somebody might have pumped up their bodies to pump up their games, and whoever did whatever was probably lying… and the politicians were more pumped up with hot air than the athletes were with steroids.
I bring that up because weâ€™re now supposed to be facing what weâ€™re being told is the complete and utter collapse of our countryâ€™s finances. A matter of grave importance. Yet, while weâ€™re being told that there is no money for homes, cars, or college educations, and weâ€™re being told that â€œthe other guyâ€ is responsible for the mess, weâ€™re being asked to just take someoneâ€™s word on how we got here and whodunit. Why no public hearing?? Could it be because some of the people who were supposed to be guarding the hen house were among those stealing the (golden) eggs?
While weâ€™re sitting in the dark, praying we survive with our wallets, homes and savings intact, today (Wednesday) both presidential candidates, along with the other Senators, are talking about what theyâ€™re going to GIVE us in the bail-out bill. Why? Because we the people overwhelmed the Capitol with our phone calls and emails saying we donâ€™t want a bail out. But, instead of really listening to what we were saying, they decided that if they changed the billâ€™s name from â€œbail-outâ€ to â€œrescueâ€, and threw in a little Mary Poppins… â€œa spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go downâ€… they could go ahead and do what they want, and weâ€™d be so happy unwrapping our Christmas-in-October presents that we wouldnâ€™t even notice. I hope theyâ€™re wrong. I hope that the Capitol will be overwhelmed again.
Donâ€™t get me wrong, Iâ€™m not Scrooge… I love Christmas and presents as much as anyone else, but somebody has to foot the bill. And I learned a long time ago that just having checks left in my check book, doesnâ€™t guarantee that thereâ€™s still money in the account… that just having merchants accept my piece of plastic doesnâ€™t mean that Iâ€™ll be able to pay the charges when they show up. If we havenâ€™t all learned that lesson yet, we may be about to, the hard way. And itâ€™s not enough to lay it off on someone else. We all need to look past the shiny paper and pretty bows to see that the underlying philosophy here isnâ€™t just part of the problem, it is the problem. People can cheer as loud and as long as they want when a politician rails against the CEOs of these failed and failing companies, but the truth is that the people doing the cheering are no different from those CEOs… itâ€™s all a matter of people wanting things they canâ€™t afford and know they canâ€™t pay for. The big business CEOs just do it on a grander scale.
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