September 25th, 2008

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Personal note; politics

I'm having a very hard time with this bit about using 700 billion dollars -- all of them borrowed dollars -- to buy up all the debts Wall Street has accumulated, based on the claim that if we don't do that immediately we're headed for a repeat of the Great Depression. That claim is coming from the same source that said we were facing imminent peril from Iraq and its weapons of mass destruction -- the same source that said immediate war was the only way to fend off that peril. Which wasn't true. The source was lying that time, and the resulting mess has been catastrophic. It seems to me that believing this latest pitch requires a larger leap of faith than can be justified by any sort of rational thinking process.

And I'm having a very hard time with this bit about Congress only being able to muddle through to a consensus if John McCain roars in on his white airplane to save the day, with or without his trusty sidekick. [He hasn't yet mentioned whether he'd be willing to leave her behind.] If I were a member of Congress I'd find that extraordinarily insulting.

I'm having a very hard time with this entire scenario, which strikes me as far more improbable than the plot of Lord of the Rings. Dragons and elves and orcs? Okay; I can manage to fit those into my worldview. But taking out a 700 billion dollar loan when you're a nation already drowning in debt? And accepting the idea of John McCain as The Flying White Knight without which Congress is helpless?

No way.