We Americans

We Americans
Speak of our founding fathers,
Our proud heritage,
As if it were all etched in stone,
Authored by God,
This young country,
This work in progress,
Fresh from ignorance and sin,
Sinning still.

Biden Dorks Out

Vice President Joe Biden appears to temporarily lose his mind during President Barack Obama's "jobs" speech to Congress, September 8, 2011. Actually, he was licking his lips due to dry mouth.

Economic Lemmingism

Now that we’ve been through these last few years of economic misfortune, what have we learned?

Perhaps we’ve learned that the words “financial” and “advice” should sound a large alarm whenever anyone puts them together and pretends to predict the future.

Of course, no one can predict the future, especially not economists who mostly failed to predict the 2008 global financial collapse. Oh sure, there are always going to be a few who make accurate predictions because of either blind luck, or because they make hundreds of predictions knowing the law of averages guarantees at least a few winners.

Now that so many have lost their jobs, their homes and their futures, what is the solution to these tragedies? Why of course it is to keep interest rates so low that the credit pushers can trick recovering credit addicts into going back on the drug.

Yes, this idea of economic recovery depends on millions of us spending money we don’t have on things we can do without.

Meanwhile, those of you who believe it might be a good idea to save some of your income just in case more bad things happen; those of you who can put off remodeling your kitchens; those of you who can get by with your ten-year-old Japanese cars; those of you who might actually want to lose weight and improve your health by not consuming a week’s worth of calories in a single sitting at overpriced restaurants . . .

Yes, those of you who actually want to plan ahead for the unexpected by moderation and saving; you, O virtuous, self-disciplined and thrifty citizens, you are rewarded with near zero interest rates for your frugality.

In America, frugality is punished.

So shall we all just keep running blind toward the edge of insolvency? Pay no mind to those that fall, for the intoxication of the stampede is all.

~ by Russ Allison Loar (2019)

A Lie

I was playing with a baseball I’d found in my front yard when two older boys walked up to me.

One of them said, “That’s my baseball. I hit it over here all the way from the park.”

The park was about three miles away, but I was seven years old and I believed him. I gave him the baseball. The two boys walked away laughing.

Lying in bed that night, thinking over the events of the day, I realized those boys were laughing because they had told me a lie and I believed them. They were laughing at me.

I decided I wouldn't be so stupid next time. Despite my decision, so many years later, I’m still surprised how skillfully people can lie.

~ By Russ Allison Loar
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