Friday, June 06, 2008

Don't get me started. Don't EVEN get me started.

The headlines I see today:

- Unemployment rate hits 20 year high, 49,000 jobs lost.
- Oil prices soar to $135/barrel on supply concerns.
- U.S. dollar weakens.

I know we keep this site apolitical most of the time. And I know Greg said in a comment earlier this week that he prefers a government that let's him decide how to run his life. And I agree with that. But don't the above headlines make you wonder why our government is allowing this to happen? Where are our leaders? Are there people on the case right now that are trying to figure out ways to prevent our entire economic system from breaking down? Because that's what's happening. And I'm not speaking for myself here. At least not yet. I'm talking about the people who lived paycheck to paycheck BEFORE gas prices reached $4/gallon. The construction worker who drives his big truck to the job site every day. The taxi/limo drivers. The self-employed guy/gal who doesn't have the luxury of working from home. How are these people making it? The answer is that they're not. They're failing. And you know what happens once they do? Our government has to help them. That's right, they're going to have to rely on the people who failed them in the first place for help. Our leaders told us to keep spending and the economy would be fine. They even gave us back some of our money to do it. But what they failed to realize (or didn't mention) was that for the past 2 years, we've been racking up credit card debt. So that $600 they gave us didn't go to the mall or Best Buy. No, it went to Visa. Or it went towards our $70/week gasoline bill. Nice friggin plan Genius's. It's all bullshit. So now today, the only thing we hear in regards to our government is whether or not Hillary is going to be Obama's running mate. Or whether or not McCain is too old. You know what? Who the fuck cares about that? What about today?!?! At this rate, we're not even going to make it to November.