Stimulus Working, even though joblessness rises***

A statement toady from Christina Romer, of the Council of Economic Advisers, says that the stimulus is working just fine even though the official unemployment rate is at 9.5%.

Uhm, no.

How do they expect for people to think that the economy is getting better if jobs are shrinking? The economy is better now for Wall Street, mostly because we the taxpayers gave them billions and the Fed made our money worth even less because they print more and more for them. The man on the street however is not doing any better. In fact, it’s getting worse and is not yet peaked. Most estimates are saying unemployment won’t peak until late next year. The housing bubble is still shaking people out and foreclosures are still rising. The bailed companies are doing their best to do what they do best: protect their bottom line. If that means getting rid of people, cutting back on pay and benefits, then that’s what they are going to do. It seems totally anti-American to try and punish companies for doing this, but at the same time letting them do it is killing the country.

The bottom line is that we can’t change anything unless we change everything. Left to their own devices, the rich will get richer at the expense of the poor. The powerful will gain more power at the expense of liberty. The problem we are facing is not one of political policies or economic meltdowns. We are facing a war of ideals. I am not talking about the shallow media fueled view that things are socialism vs capaitalism or of the deeper facism vs theocracy view. 50% of the public feel strongly one way and 50% the other. The media keeps the fire stoked to make sure that everyone is always fighting. I am shocked that we have not had mass murders at political rallies by now. The media (and the government’s official actions) seem to be trying to encourage that. It would play well on the evening news and give the ‘other’ side fuel to ratchet up the rhetoric (and then violence) against their ‘enemies.’

The 50% battles all take attention away from the fact that no matter which ‘side’ is in power, nothing changes. You think McCain would not have approved the bailouts? You think Obama is actually pulling us out of war? Is Obama’s White House being more transparent? Is Gitmo being closed really stopping torture and indefinite jailing of folks (even after they have been cleared of charges?) Is the economy really improving for the folks on the ground? Are our inalienable rights being protected more or taken away more?

We are on the same path, no matter who is driving. We might have slightly different rides getting there, see some different sights, but we will end up at the same destination. Unless something changes about the majority of human nature we are going to be destroyed by greed, hatred, jealousy, racism. Unless or until something big, I mean really big, happens to snap people the world over out of their own narrow-minded, greedy, self-centered points of view, we will continue to be abused in this broken system until the leaders of it all have bled us dry.

***I misunderestimated the numbers and unemployment actually fell this month…a tenth of a percent.   All is well then! YAY! Maybe I need to go home and rethink my life…***


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