Sunday, March 15, 2009

2009: Scary, but good year so far

Been a while since I have taken the time to sit down and write anything of substance on my blog. Although I'm sure there are detractors that would say nothing has been of substance. Though any detractor of mine probably has more free time on their hands than I may have..
It's scary living in a recession. This is the first time in my life that I am living within a full-blown long recession as an adult 100 percent on my own (married, though). The first started in '73 when Nixon was Prez, but I was just 7 that year. The next in the 80's I was a teenager, the next was small in the early 90's and the next in 2001 was small after the "dot com" bust.
I'm still working as is my wife. I hope that doesn't change, and I hope that does not change for you.
Having new leadership in Washington at this moment does make a difference to me now. Long readers of my blog and those that know me understand my feelings for the previous administration and their reckless behavior on both the domestic and the international fronts. Hell, I STILL cringe when I turn on the tube and hear a reporter say, "the president noted today that... " my first instinct, is still to say, "that fucking asshole Bush, I don't care what he says!" Oh, right. He's gone, now.
Obama was not my first choice for President out of the pack that ran, I was a Kucinich man, but you can't have everything.
There are things I wish he was doing different, but I feel that his overall ideas and the change of investing more in the rebuilding of the nation and the middle class can and will work if done right.
I don't have a problem with a class war. I think it's healthy, as a matter of fact. The very wealthy have pretty strong voices working on their behalf. No reason for everyone else to not work to change the direction. In the last decade, productivity was up, CEO salaries are up and so were profits. But jobs were shipped overseas and salaries for working people were flat or down. fighting for change against that tide is a good thing.

As we move on past the horrible last 8 years, it would be easy to forget and move on, and I agree in a sense. But certain actions of the BushCheny regime MUST be investigated and punished if necessary. If you haven't already read the NY Times article about the new info on the "torture memos", I encourage you to do so. I'm sickened that John Yoo is a tenured law professor in the University of California system at Berkeley. Let's hope those that went too far get theirs some day. I won't hold my breath, but I'll wish for it anyhow..

Some people think I voted for a "socialist" last November. Most of them couldn't define the word on their best day, of course.
I don't believe that, but I do believe in government working towards making this nation a better one for all of us, in regulation of the private sector, national parks, good roads, lot of well-paid public safefy officers and healthcare for all. That's not socialism. That's a place I want to live.

I haven't posted much in the last little while maybe because I got what I wanted and took a break. But I have not taken a break from staying informed and making sure those that I elected into office are doing what I want. I suggest you do the same.
There's a better day ahead. Even the chairman of the Fed says so. :)
Peace, more in the coming weeks.
And now, a shameless happy dog photo.


SheaNC said...

I wanted Kucinich to win, too. And, since I am not a detractor, that makes me... a tractor! Vroom!

Mike V. said...

never thought of you as farm equipment.. :)

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