My question will have three main focuses: politicians, Americans in general, and this board in particular.
Okay, here’s what I’m wondering: with the stock market plunging and threatening to plunge more, with credit close to vanishing completely, with millions of people teetering on the edge of becoming homeless or not getting paid for the foreseeable future because of the aforementioned credit problems, with major corporations about to turn people loose or go belly-up entirely with all the aforementioned problems, with the entire global economic system about to totally disintegrate and plunge billions of people into economic turmoil on an unprecedented level, most discussion, at least in GD, has been about… Sarah Palin and bear DNA.
(Yes, this may be - MAY BE - a bit overblown, but I wanted to exaggerate a tad to draw the contrast I’m seeing here. Plus, I’m trying to reflect the level of the urgency and fear I’m seeing from our leaders and experts via the media; take a look at a major newspaper or cable new channel to see RL examples of what I’m talking about above.)
True, the election will affect not only us and the rest of the free world, but the future of the economy as well. But it’s not for another month, and our financial doom is breathing down our necks NOW. It seems to me that there should be at least as many posts, if not tons more, in the thread discussing the bailout failure as there is in the “Is McCain forked yet?” thread - and that one is a ton older! Why isn’t every single GD reader talking about this at length and in detail, trying to read all they can and figure out the lay of the land? Shouldn’t Obama v. McCain wait until we’re not in immediate danger of an economic wasteland?
And it’s not just the folks on this board: the biggest names in economics and finance, not to mention our President and Congress, have been telling us everything I’ve just mentioned for a week now. Yet the House is taking the next two days off. No wonder so many conservatives seem suspicious that this whole thing is a ploy (not to mention their suspicion of government urgency, which I understand and share to a small degree). So in the end, a lot of it really depends on how seriously you take the warnings of President Bush, Warren Buffett, various economists, and the media.
So I’d like to ask you why you out there in Dopeland why you do not seem more concerned. Are you just hiding a lot of fear? Do you still have confidence things will work out somehow, thus freeing you to pay more attention to the election? Do recent polls, at least one of which show a big plunge in opposition to the bailout (now to 50-50) really reflect the general mood? Is Congress really taking this thing seriously? Can we really trust them to do something, and something that won’t cause this entire house of cards to crush us all?