I’m glad the Nov. 2 election is finally over by the time you read this. I’m tired of the mud-slinging campaign, largely financed by somewhere out of state. I’m tired of news “analysts” predicting election results using biased assumptions. I’m tired of everyone blaming the President for all our woes (It was Congress and previous presidents who passed the laws allowing banks to pursue speculative investment schemes, sub-prime mortgages and ignored and changed the laws against such practices put into effect during the great depression by people who saw firsthand why such prohibitions were necessary. I’m tired of politicians of both major parties as well as the Tea Party talking of “cutting taxes” and “jump starting” the economy by some magical process which nobody has defined. I’m tired of out-of-work people who complain about unemployment compensation but refuse to go out and actively seek honest work. I’m tired of government (federal and state) workers who threaten to strike for higher wages when they are already paid more than most privately employed workers for comparable jobs, especially when their generous retirement programs are considered. I am tired of politicians who act as if government money is free (forgetting that it comes from somebody who is working and paying taxes).
Now that the election is over, I fervently hope our newly-elected politicians of all political parties and leaning (left or right) convictions can agree to work together to find workable solutions to our major national and local problems,(unemployment, budgets hemorrhaging red ink and the fight against terrorism world wide.)
The Great Depression lasted more than 10 years and was only ended when this country ramped up production at the beginning of WWII. There is no reason to believe that our present “great recession” will end much sooner than that, considering that the housing mortgage disaster is ongoing, businesses are making near record profits without hiring additional workers, and American environmental laws and labor costs add steep cost increases to American products. Why should a business “set up house” in America when taxes and labor costs are lower in other places?
In a lighter vein, another Rupert story. Rupert’s personal transportation consisted of very old automobiles until after all his children had finished high school. They all lasted longer than the usual life expectancy of cars in this country. His ’36 Chevy coupe was still going strong in the 1960s when he and Ina were traveling the back road from Waterford to Mason with youngest daughter Christine in the middle of the front seat. (no seatbelts!) Rupert was spuddin’ right along, probably 55 mph, when toddler Christine reached over and turned the ignition switch off. Not thinking, Rupert immediately turned the switch back on. At that, “Bang!” A thunderous explosive backfire occurred which split the car muffler wide open with a brilliant flash of light. The engine was still running, so they continued on home, the un-muffled engine thundering all the way.