Bad Mood Rising

Dow Jones Record High

As the Dow approaches 14,000 and hedge fund managers (the new robber barons?) rake in millions – consumer confidence continues to lag.  In his editorial Democrats Prosperity Problem, George Will writes that the economy is humming along due to tax cuts (96 quarters of growth in the last 102) but the economy is not what’s really bothering America.  A recent editorial by Froma Horrop eloquently describes what is ailing us:

And so Americans may be pardoned for not celebrating the economic indicators. A country that doesn’t pay its bills, that squanders its blood and prestige on military mistakes and that regards its working people as just another input in the global labor market doesn’t sound like a country with a promising future. Americans sense they are losing what made them great, and that’s why they’re in a rotten mood.

Goddamn right I’m in a bad mood.  I’m tired of our nation’s so-called leaders warning us about their “gut feeling” that terrorists may soon attack.  I’m sick of bald faced attempts to redirect our attention from vital issues: Even Republicans are now calling for a withdrawal from Iraq.  Turns out Alberto Gonzalez knew about FBI violations of civil liberties when he said there were none.  Bush commutes Lewis Libby’s sentence for obstructing justice in the CIA spy leak scandal thus making it OK to commit an act of treason against the United States and get away with it.  Dick Cheney is above the law.

I wish the election were tomorrow.

1 Response to “Bad Mood Rising”

  1. 1 Dave K. July 18, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    Amen to that, brother!

    So, how many Americans actually see through this? I know that my first reaction to increases in the ‘terrorist threat level’ is to question what big story of the moment they are trying to eclipse.

    Hey, Bush, ever hear of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’? It’s a little children’s tale about… oh, nevermind. But, just so you know, as a member of the herd, I care… It’s my ass we’re talking about!

    Unfortunately, I don’t think the wolf-crying is limited to redirecting attention. I’m sure we’ll start to see increases in the threat level with greater frequency as we near the next election. God forbid we drastically change our foreign policies while we’re at an Orange Alert!


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