- This past week (Nov. 15 to Nov. 21, 2009) Sarah Palin was all over the news – the way she likes it!
Here was Sarah on the cover of Newsweek – and there was Sarah on Oprah and ABC’s 20/20 and other places that I don’t watch.
And there was the phony controversy that both Sarah and the media promote. She was complaining all the way to the bank – about Newsweek putting a cutesy photo of her in her snug shorts on their cover.
Now Sarah – did Newsweek make YOU pose for that flirty photo? NO!
Why did YOU choose that particular pose for that photo? I don’t think we’ll see the Queen in shorts in that pose any time soon. So obviously, YOU posed, for your own reasons and liked the photo enough to let another publication run it.
So if it wasn’t sexist when YOU posed, then it’s not sexist now.
It’s like taking nude photos for playboy and saying Newsweek shouldn’t run them when the poser decides to run for president of the church guild!
However, Newsweek too is playing games. I mean, come on – of all the photos of Miss Palin in your archive; of her in suits that she paid for, suits the campaign paid for – you could have gotten a different (note I didn’t say better, just different) one to put on the cover.
So both Newsweek and Sarah Palin are playing games with the rest of us – the dummies who they think won’t notice.
Palin is generating publicity for her book and she will do whatever…
Newsweek is trying to sell magazines, and it will do whatever…
Play your games, but don’t try to fudge the score.
- Americans are angry over the economy…
Apparently “the economy” resides in Washington, in the White House basement, and President Obama is just sitting on it.
We forget that we, yes WE affect the economy every day with our purchasing and other choices
When we buy cheap whatever from China, WE are affecting the economy.
When you buy those expensive jeans you cannot afford and charge them to your credit card, then pay off the minimum each month, YOU are affecting the economy.
When people buy houses and cars they can and cannot afford, THEY are affecting the economy.
When we eat out, WE are affecting the economy.
When we don’t go to see a movie, WE are affecting the economy.
Buy a car or take the bus; go overseas on vacation or stay home; invest and pay taxes or stash our money overseas – all this affects the economy.
Was I the ONLY person who heard all the warning heads who were saying that the US economy is under pressure and something has to give?
That speculative housing was straining the market?
That our trade deficit was/is too large?
Why did some take note, while so many others did not?
Why did they disregard their own expenses and go on spending?
Why did people NOT save for the proverbial rainy day?
Now we are railing at the government for not providing more unemployment benefits…did the government ask you to overload your credit card?
Did the government prevent you from balancing your resources and allocating them efficiently?
So why do the prudent people who wear their shoes to the soles and buy things on sale now have to pay for your stupidity – instead of you?
AND MOST IMPORTANLY, WHEN OR RATHER IF PEOPLE GET OUT OF THEIR SELF-IMPOSED BLACK HOLE, WILL THEY HAVE LEARNT A LESSON – OR CONTINUE SPENDING AS IF THERE’S NO TOMORROW? Because we just learnt: TODAY IS TOMORROW’S…TOMORROW!
Now I understand that the government bailed out the banks. Well, you’re NOT a bank, even if you spent like you were a bank! So there!
You will never be treated as equitably as those big Wall Street guys. Not under a democrat, especially NOT under a republican, double especially NOT under a capitalist system! And not under communism either!
So basically, what all this long rambling tirade means is: We should be angry at OURselves for TURNING OUR BACKS on the old principles of saving and being thrifty and to hell with the Joneses.
But of course, that’s painful and inconvenient for us to blame ourselves, so let’s take our anger out on the government…and the banks and whomever. (Not that they’re blameless, either!) But if we blame somebody ELSE, then we can feel better about our poor/lack of planning.
You think that’s bad?
Wait until you’re ready to retire and you didn’t plan, set NOTHING aside because it’s not your responsibility or your fault or your decision – NO ROTH IRA, NO 401K, NO PENSION…and find out there’s NO social security or a leaner payout!
America has become a country where IT IS ALWAYS SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT.
I’m just waiting for the case where a pregnant woman sues because nobody warned her that sex leads to pregnancy. I’m sure it’s already happened. I just haven’t heard. Let me know…
- Did you see Republican lawmakers and some Democrats too, talking about spending?
The same ones who were there before AND during eight years of Bush, who helped spend, spend, spend…who gave Mr. Bush carte blanche to finance two losing wars?
Now those hypocrites want us to believe that the “economy” just turned sour overnight. That things started going downhill last January. That you sent them to Washington to enjoy a cozy incestuous relationships with their pals in the insurance industry and the auto industry and the housing industry…
And you agree – because YOU keep sending them back. Don’t you?