Posted in anger, culture, denial, disaster, economy, emotions, failure, family, Fear, finances, future, government, Impact, life, loss, MONEY, news, opinion, pain and misery, power, stress, support, tagged action, America, bailout, banks, Barack Obama, breaking news, choices, country, crisis, debates, decisions, denial, economy, election, emotions, Fear, finances, future, housing, Impact, investments, John McCain, leadership, meetings, November, opinion, panic, political choices, politics, pray, presidency, quality of life, retirement, voters, Wall Street, Washington, wisdom on September 26, 2008|
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What a stinking mess we are living with. Fear smells up a place…we have a huge financial crisis, a huge political crisis; and, it could be a privotal moment of rescue or a plunge into the abyss and truthfully, the whole thing could go either way!
Huge meetings are taking place in Washington…panic is like a throbbing headache…it is there making it presence known…threatening to turn into something much worse than a mere pain. Into the frey, we have a bailout plan that was possibly agreed upon, until some say McCain derailed it with the House Republicans who disagreed strongly with parts of the plan.
Throw on top of that…a debate that is scheduled for tonight between Sen. McCain and Sen. Barack Obama. Battle lines have been drawn, in a somewhat blurry manner. Sen. Obama says he will definately show up for the debate…McCain says…we should reschedule the debate and focus on this immediate crisis with a plan for the financial stabilization for our country. Our leaders have been in financial denial too long to let this negatively impact our country any longer. It is time for commitment to understanding the problem and taking action.
Who is correct…Obama says the debates are important to help the people understand how the Senators would handle things if they were the chosen one for the Presidential office. McCain says, these meetings in Washington are critical and that they should be involved in them. This whole thing is larger than a difference of opinion. Does it say something very basic about Obama’s nature to hold to the plan for the debate when all of the rest of the country is focussed on this crisis? Does he feel set apart from it all? Or is he making a statement by letting the others take the action behind the scenes? Is he right to stay out of it? Or should he be more involved? If he doesn’t get involved in the planning of the bailout…will he understand best how to run the country if he should win the election? Will Obama will the voter’s approval in November for not going to Washington at this time?
Is McCain right to be in the middle of things? Should he be in there fighting for the things to be included or excluded in the bailout plan? If he wins the election will it help him to run the country by being involved in the planning of the bailout? Should he back out of it and go do the debate? Will McCain’s involvement hurt his chances for election in November? Or will he be seen as trying to make a difference? Does his involvement help or hurt his chances for election?
What i don’t understand is why they both can’t be right? Why can’t the debate be moved to Washington and take place there…while the rest of their time could be focussed on the meetings to keep current on what is happening behind closed doors. Those meeting are going to not only impact the country in deep and profound ways…but, will also impact whoever does end up in the Presidential position! This is real, this is so much bigger than either of the candidates and they both need to understand that the American people are going to have their decision made for them by the end of this crisis!
This is no time for game playing, no time for political mud slinging, no time for experimentation…this country is looking for someone to take the helm of this country and be proactive in guiding the ship to a safer, less rocky course than it is on at this very moment in time.
Wall Street is in turmoil, the American tax paying public is in no position to fund a bailout when most of it’s residents are barely surviving as it is. Banks are collapsing, housing is bottoming out, businesses are busting out all over the place, people’s investments and retirements are in jeparody…this is shaky ground; reminescent of what happened in Russia just a few short years ago.
Other countries are getting nervous as well. Beware of the person who says they have all of the answers…because no one possibly can. This is uncharted areas of expertise. The last thing we need is a knee jerk policy…however, we need to start doing some major corrective action or things will not be able to recover.
Anyone with half of a brain knows that you don’t make crucial decisions when everything is imploding…because you need to make rational choices. How in the heck did we get this far gone in this country before the “experts” in the markets and financial infrastructure sent up a red flag or a flare? Couldn’t they see this coming down the road early enough to start changing the direction of this disaster?
People’s very quality of life is slipping through the cracks of our governing body. Something has to be done…but, who knows best? Who do we trust? Are we going to waste time having a political showdown between the two very people who could possibly be running the government in less than two or three months? The sky is falling people…the sky is falling…for real this time; we are not crying wolf when we say…we need an immediate comprehensive plan to stop this country from disappearing into a black hole in the universe! It is time to pray for the leadership of this country and ask that they be given wisdom in their decision making!!! update: Breaking news…McCain now says: he WILL attend the debate this evening in Oxford, Mississippi!
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Posted in accomplishments, Business, cancer, commitment, family, health, home, Impact, mental and physical health, parenting, Remembering, safety, Toxic, tagged baby boomers, cancer, canning, contaminated foods, economy, environment, farm markets, freezing, gasoline, grandma and grandpa, green practices, healthy, organic, pesticides, pollution, produce, shortages, standard of quality, stockpiling food, transition to adulthood, United States, wisdom on April 29, 2008|
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We all know that the economy in the United States isn’t as healthy as it could be. We know that gas prices are sky rocketing, we know that everything keeps going up except the average American’s paycheck. Food prices in restaurants and grocery stores keep climbing because they have to pass on the cost of gasoline increases that it takes to produce and ship their products.
The media has been building up the idea of stockpiling food…it is not a new idea…Grandma used to do it too…it is called, preserving food. Everyday family life has changed dramatically, but not all of it is for the good.
Canning, drying, and freezing food is in it’s own way, stockpiling food for when the prices and the availability cause food to be scarce in a home. It used to be a fact of life that to get through a winter you had to do this to survive. I am a baby boomer so i remember when it was the way things were done. Then, as i transitioned to adulthood and rasing my own family, i did the same thing for a time; when life was about stretching the money we had, to make it last long enough to feed the children.
As the children aged, we started to buy our food in bulk, in the fall can good sales, that the major grocery stores do every year. Over the last 8 years or so, you started finding that the can good sales weren’t as cheap as they used to be. You began to get less can goods, for the same amount of money…everything started to cost more. Some people are never going to want to take care of canning, drying, or freezing their own food…they will just continue to pay whatever it costs in the stores. But, i feel that in the last decade or so, we are starting to see many families looking to learn some of the old ways. It is going to become more common as young families want to feel more in control of what they put into their family’s diet and save money at the same time.
Already, farm markets are making a huge come back. The media is touting ways to save money and help green up our buying habits, by buying locally grown produce when we can. This helps us cut down on how much pollution is put into our environment by cutting down on how far the produce is shipped across the country. It is all about making some sacrifices and using our buying power to make a statement of dedication.
I think you are going to see a resurgence of people growing and preserving their foods. Especially with the last couple of years experiences with salmonella outbreaks, contaminated feeds, and the common usage of cancer causing pesticides. The average person is wanting to eat food that is healthier and the more we learn about producing food that is organic and full of nutrients…the more that people are going to demand a higher standard of quality.
So, my hat is off to Grandma & Grandpa and all of us who are brillant enough to understand that not all of the old ways are to be passed over for the quicker, easier, and more popular way of doing things. We can accomplish much when we commit to using wisdom from the past, with wisdom from the present…to use wisdom for our future!
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