AAACK: Should we panic about the economy yet?

Well . . . the cupcakes are irritated. The bailout bill that “they” thought they had enough votes to pass just failed in the House. Everyone points at the other side of the aisle and cries, “You! Devils!” But I am conflicted.

I wasn’t sure that I wanted the bill to pass, but I had talked to a number of bankers and ex-investment industry types over the weekend, and I had been pretty sure that we needed to do SOMEthing. I couldn’t see a way out of it. But I still felt uneasy about committing so much money. Consider this . . . the last website I checked said that according to World Health Organization, there are only about 6 billion people on the PLANET, all told. They want to spend 700 billion dollars (that we don’t HAVE yet, as I understand it). It is ridiculously mind-boggling.

Now, WHY did these representatives vote NO? For the most part, I think, it’s because of the many, many people who wrote their congressperson to say, “Vote NO or I will vote no on YOU in a couple of months!” The way I understand it, the representative is elected to voice the will of his/her constituency, so that is what is supposed to happen–I mean, they are supposed to vote the way the constituents ask and tell them to, not the way they want to themselves. If the constituency says, “BLUE!” the rep is not supposed to be a nanny and say, “But we know better–so GREEN.”

In other words, if this is the reason behind the voting of NO, then that is how it’s supposed to work. For once, it worked RIGHT. I am proud, in that sense.

On the other hand, a press conference just got held, and some Republicans said, “The reason there were defections is because Nancy Pelosi insulted us and said that we FINALLY came to the table after being UNPATRIOTIC.” Well . . . wait . . . that SHOULD NOT be the reason for you to change your vote! You should still vote what your district says it wants AND your conscience! Just let stuff like that roll off your back; don’t react, other than to smile mysteriously and shake your head sadly to indicate that you won’t stoop to poking into the other party’s cage with a stick of any length. To react like that is to be a little kid saying, “You stuck out your tongue, so now I sulk and don’t do what is right because YOU want me to.” Aaack! Please, no! Let them have changed their votes for that OTHER reason–because they got faxes, letters, emails, and calls begging them to vote no.

I suppose you could argue that the only reason they listened this time (if that’s what happened) is because they come up for re-election SO SOON, and they were afraid they’d get the boot. *SIGH* But that is how it is always supposed to work. Even if YOU and I think that the “YES” vote is the rational and proper vote, if the district of Congresscritter Yahoo-1 says that she/he must vote NO in order to properly represent them, then . . . he/she has to say NO, UNLESS it would be a direct sin against his/her own conscience (for example, it is voting to do something clearly immoral, such as declaring war on some random place *ahem* or taking away rights that should be protected under the Constitution.)

Mama and her Groupies are hysterical. They DO love an uproar, and here’s one made to order. Blinky said, “What’s gonna happen now?” Mama said, “No one KNOWS what’s gonna happen. They didn’t even know if this bill was gonna fix it. But doing NOTHING, experts tell us over and over, is the worst thing.” Pinky said, “My stocks have gone into the toilet and I’m afraid my kids won’t be able to get college loans for the spring semester because money’s so tight.” They all lived through the Great Depression, and they’re afraid we can’t all grow Victory Gardens in time.

We don’t know how this will shake out. The House will work for a couple of days and then call for another vote on the new version. Who knows? Maybe the public will change its mind and the representatives can vote YES next time. Or the bill will change such that people feel safe voting for it in public. What’ll happen to the economy at OUR level? Will it affect us as the “average” grocery shopper and book-buyer? I’m afraid it will, and probably fairly soon.

It IS scary. However, I went outside a few minutes ago. The world is beautiful. The butterflies have hatched out of our passionvine’s flower buds and are doing a mating dance all over the side yard. My hanging baskets and potted plants think it’s a second springtime and are all budding out again. The squirrels chatter in the trees, the birds sing, and I feel good. I can see, hear, walk, think, and all that good stuff. Everybody’s alive and we’re all hangin’ in here. There’s a lot to be said for that.


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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