Google it. Come back and tell me what you think. (Updates below.)
Do I have to do all the work on this blog? I already do everyone else's job at my job.
Somebody cut me some slack and leave some sorta pithy comment on this.
Update: My readers are pithing all over this:
Michelle got intense with her googling. Except for the dateline, this could actually work in the context of a political drought: PHOENIX—A good old-fashion downpour in the predawn here today ended a record string of 143 days without rain.
Well, we're knee-deep in something or other, that's for sure.
Pamibe: I'm out of pith, but have plenty of hope. And change.
No need for a pith-helmet then.
Jimbo cuts to the chase: Well, he was "present" for much of it. Nice summary, Counsel.
Aha! I've drawn out the 'mouse! Here's his best pith (empahses mine. prob'ly his, too) :I would gladly pay twice the taxes I paid pre-W if it meant I could live in a world where California wasn't 48th in education polls (used to be #2 or #3 before that sacred cow, Prop 13 "cut taxes" oh so many years ago). Oh for the days back when they didn't have to scrape with a fucking lottery to pay for essentials like school. Oh, and to have back a world where regulators regulated and you could get a home loan for an amount equal to 3X your annual income and no more.
Do I think a democrat will fix things? No. Do I think deregulating and lowering taxes has ever helped anything? No. I think Ronald Reagan and George Bush II have done more damage to this country in my lifetime than any democrat ever.I had a long answer and erased it. "A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still. And besides, I have a root canal waiting for me in the morning, so politics is the last thing I care about right now.
Basically, I blame all the bankers and speculators who searched for a Messiah and found one in Greenspan. Presidents meant nothing to them. Still don't. The wayward financiers and day traders have a complicated life and want nothing more than a simple word from someone to whom they have ascribed waaayy too much power. Greenspan could walk out on to his balcony tomorrow, Pope-like, and speak ex-cathedra to the market and we'd see a miracle. Bernanke is a lesser god, and we will all suffer for it. So everyone hangs on some other magical thinker, Obama. It's no good.
And there are no guarantees in life or politics. It's never good to shield people on the public payroll from accountability, inevitability, or volatility. Life happens. When everyone can get on that page again, things will improve.