Point:Counterpoint:Repoint, Part 2


In yesterday’s post, the writer posited that economic disaster, both in the United States and globally, is not just a possibility, it is unavoidable; and that dealing with the “micro” view—the finger-pointing, partisan politics, etc., is useless at this point. Instead he suggest dealing more with the “macro” view, the big picture in the hopes of salvaging anything that can be salvaged.

Today we have the response.

You write:

“I don’t know what to write anymore.  America is ignorant, hubristic, in denial, agenda pissed, and agenda blind all at the same time.” 

Well, riddle me this, Batman: Imagine people on board a jet airliner doing 550mph at 53,000 feet. There’s a series of bumps and jolts, and the pilot comes on and announces, “We’re experiencing some turbulance. Please return to your seats and fasten your seatbelts. Nothing to worry about folks.”
Question: Is there any reason for the passengers to think otherwise? They entrust their lives to the pilots. Now the pilots may be in the cockpit phoning their wives to say goodbye for all the passengers know. More than likely, they are adjusting flight plans to exit from the turbulance. Still, do you think the message would have been different if they knew they were doomed? Might they think it’s better if they don’t know what’s coming. No point in having mass panic at 55,000 feet. Because if we can get through this, we don’t want to have caused panic that could take the plane down on its own.
If America is ignorant, it’s because we were kept from the facts by those who were entusted to stand watch over us (Congress) . They failed in their task of balancing the budget (along with the Presidents), but we also failed in ours as responsible individuals by not keeping a closer eye on them. We let our own greed and hubris get in our way. They (Congress) fed off our ignorance to embolden themselves and build a fortress to separate them from us. And if they were aware of the pending crisis, chose not to say anything to us because, after all, if they can find a way through this mess, they don’t want to have already freaked us out. Might hurt their chances for re-election if they knew we know.
It’s no wonder the public doesn’t have a clue what’s coming.
Let’s not be the ones to shut the door to the cockpit. I think it’s our job to continue to lay the facts out on the table in layman’s terms as we come across them. Then, perhaps, come up with some suggestions on how to prepare for the impact. 
I think an even better idea: Let’s throw the challenge to our readers: Solicit their ideas on how to prepare. Make it a contest to see who can come up with the best ideas for dealing with this tsunami as it gets closer. 

Once the challenge is given, it may impel the readers to do a little research and maybe they’ll discover for themselves the gravity of the situation. We can give them links to videos, the debt clock, things like that.

Grand Rants readers, are you up to the challenge? If we are facing global financial disaster, how should we deal with it—how would you deal with it? Build a bunker? Gold, guns, groceries? Let us know.


4 Responses to Point:Counterpoint:Repoint, Part 2

  1. Tim Cline says:

    It depends on the amount of turbulence that is being experienced.
    Is it just making your drink wiggle? Does it feel like you’re going over a bumpy road in a car that needs new shocks? Or is it throwing unbelted passengers and crew throughout the cabin while you feel like you are on the downhill side of the rollercoaster?

    In one instance you belt up and continue with your scheduled activities.
    In another instance you belt up, grab your drink and down it, and hold on.
    In one instance you feel the wetness and hope it’s your drink and not someone’s blood and you pray to get through it.

    In all instances there is nothing you can do, unless you are a pilot yourself that has time in the type of airplane you’re on.

    Do I want to know just how bad it is? You Bet!

    If I don’t know how bad it is, and it’s plenty bad, I don’t even have any idea what to do to prepare.

    Congress is not the only culprit here. The rest of the government, federal, state, and local also have some complicity.

    What to do to prepare for the coming tsunami?
    Guns and ammo, both for defense and for pot hunting are always good things, nonperishable food items, a stash of trade goods (axes, hatchets, fire starters, hunting knives, etc) are some other good items to have, and some items that hold their value (gold and silver[coins and otherwise], reloading equipment, etc.

    The sh*t WILL hit the fan. You just try to stay out of the direct path of the spray, if you can.

    Remember the Boy Scout motto – Be Prepared.

    • Gerry Ashley says:

      Ah, Tim… there’s the rub. In the above metaphor, we’re in a cockpit, and the ride, while bumpy, doesn’t give ANY indication that we’re heading for unavoidable disaster. In fact, the pilots might think they’ve got a trick up their sleeve that will save the day.

      The question: Is their “trick” idea one that will safely land the plane or is it a pair of parachutes they are putting on in preparation of bailing out, leaving us to fend for ourselves? That’s the image I get from Congress and the feds: Keep the gravy coming as long as possible so when the u know what hits the fan… “when the dung is flung” they will be able to buffer themselves while we’re left to fend for ourselves.

      I have ZERO confidence in President Obama’s “leadership.” Everything he’s doing is feeding INTO the downward spiral. A friend of mine said, “The only thing he hasn’t done is cry out ‘Allah Akhbar!’ while he’s taking the economy down!” I replied, “Let’s keep this in perspective: While it seems to both of us that Obama has done nothing postive, and EVERYTHING negative in regards to the economy, that’s not necessarily the sign of a terrorist. But it sure is a textbook example of a Democrat.”

      Maybe he should be shouting something more in character: “Mutantur omnia nos et mutamur in illis!” (All things change, and we change with them).

      Yeah… we had a great economy and democracy… and now its all being “changed.”

      “Mmmm-Mmmm-Mmmm Barack… the Democratic Congress, and to a great extent, ourselves.”

  2. Doug says:

    It’s Y2k all over again, only this time it’s a very small number of people preparing for tough times. there are so many folks who are convinced that either Obama has solved the problem and those jobless numbers will improve any day now.

    Then you have the “it can’t happen here” set.
    We hope and pray that we will not see great depression ( or worse ) poverty and the social ills that will come with it. You can’t live your life in a bunker and Mel Tappan ( anybody remember him? ) proved that just because you are paranoid it doesn’t mean you won’t be out to get yourself.

    Just like Y2k, if the worst never occurs then we will be able to give generously to the foodbanks and any neighbors when it’s time to use our stores and replace them.

    We have a shotgun and a .22, we buy a little extra in staples every time we go to the store. There is a gravity fed ceramic water purifier in the kitchen, we grow a garden, and at this house we know how to capture, kill, cook, and serve all manner of critters.

    A shotgun does not have to be wielded. On the other hand you won’t be able to will one into your hand during a “man made disaster” if you don’t get one and learn how to use it ahead of time.

    Here, we also have learned how to make primitive self bows as a hobby and a “low profile” means of foraging, along with owning the best survival guns of all, high powered air rifles.

    It doesn’t make you bad person if you know which of those plants growing in that vacant lot are edible and how to gather and cook them.

    Learning how to forage, scavenge, and take care of each other in an “off the grid” situation can be intellectually absorbing and is arguably better for your soul than daytime T.V., crack cocaine, or fast food.

    Whenever you shop, buy some extra rice and/or Ramen noodles. If they day never comes there will always be somebody who will be happy to have them. Being in a position to give won’t hurt.

    Find a way to get water, stay warm, cook, wash, and dispose of waste without public utilities. It’s a good mental exercise that could save the world.

    Build your communities now, (get to know your neighbors) because if conditions degrade it’s too late for then.

    Thats how I cope. Maybe not much of a beacon of hope, but for me it beats cursing the darkness.

  3. […] where we left off Wednesday, here is the final response of this discussion series.  I’m reminded of a speech Patton […]

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