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.
“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.