A Post-Feminist Woman

October 3, 2008

Like her or not, Sarah Palin is a Post-Feminist woman.  She can handle high-power rifles, clean fresh killed venison, raise kids, take on powerful petro-corporations, handle executive power, and not look like she’s trying to resemble a man.

She is strong, articulate, funny, sharp… and feminine.

It doesn’t matter if she’s on the winning team.  Just watch.  She will usher in a whole new generation of women, conservative and liberal, who won’t have to dress up their personalities in a jacket and pants-suit to gain credibility.

Sarah Palin is who she wants to be and is capable of being.  If McCain doesn’t win this time around, Palin will be back.  Only next time it will be as a nominee for President.

Sarah Palin is a game-changer way beyond this election.  She is free, comfortable with being a woman, and therefore, in my view, truly liberated.

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A few more thoughts on this financial crisis…

October 2, 2008

Is it possible that many voters don’t think we’re in a precipitous crisis at all?  Or that they have underestimated it’s effects?  Apparently, even after passage of the Senate bill, members of that body and the Congress are still getting negative emails saying they should do nothing.  I wonder why.

For months, we’ve been told by some rhetoricians that we’re in a “recession”.  But they’re in-arguably incorrect.  A recession is 2 consecutive quarters of negative growth.  At this point, we haven’t had even one.  Not one.  We may get such data tomorrow for the last quarter just past, but as of yet, in point of fact, we have had one quarter after another of growth.

Does this matter?  YES.  Why?  because if we have a real and lasting, correctly defined recession we could easily see unemployment jump to 7, 8, 9, 10%…  Like they commonly have in Europe.

We’ve been told, and believed, our gasoline prices are “intolerable” (at $4.00/gal).  Perhaps, but in Europe, their prices are usually double ours, sometimes triple, and presently are running at $9. and $10. a gallon.  So yeah, we in the US are really hurting…

Living in the land “down under”, when the temperatures dipped into the 50’s, people in woolen overcoats would ask, “How do you like our winters?”  Personally, having endured snow-filled Januarys in the US, with the thermometer never getting past 25, in Australia I initially found myself unaware when “winter” had even commenced.

So when the President, and many others, issued rather grave warnings concerning our economy, and what would occur without passage of the bail-out, I wonder if people truly realize what they mean in choosing to use words like “disaster”.  I don’t think they do.

Thus there are more than a few Americans who remain unconvinced and seem to believe that we should just let the chips fall.  Is it because they instinctively believe in a natural process that in the long-run will be better, or because they have no clue what the critical terms in economic vocabulary actually mean?

What descriptive word or phrase will we use if we get to 9% unemployment?  Will we then call that a depression?  Then what word will we use if the number goes to 20%, as in the 1930’s?  Will we refer to it as a Ginormous Depression?

With all of the money lost in the last few days, it pales in comparison to our apparent lack of perspective.  I believe the return of our assets is important, but no more so than a dramatic recapturing of a healthy sense of proportion as it pertains to wealth and poverty, abundance and want.

We are a blessed nation.  Have been all along.  Forgetting that is where we first dropped the ball.


Delayed gratification…

October 1, 2008

So the $700 billion bail-out bill sank.  Then people’s investments in the Dow lost 1.2 TRILLION in a day!  BTW, forget headlines about “point drops”, because they’re irrelevant.  PERCENTAGE is what tells the real story.  From that angle, we’ve lost way more than 7% before, and survived… 

Still, the amounts being kicked around are staggering aren’t they?  But we’re a big country, and like nowhere else, we’ve enabled just about anyone to take a full seat in the table of commerce.

Don’t let anyone kid you — Wall Street IS Main Street.

Even so, if taking the reigns in government is more to your liking than investing in mutual funds, just move here, and in a generation your kid can make a great run for the Presidency. 

Opportunity.  We invented it.

Perhaps it is good that the bill in question didn’t fly on the first go round.  I mean, quick and easy disposition and acquisition of finance is what got us here to begin with, right?  Maybe with a bit more wrangling, what passes, if it passes, will be sharper, wiser, cleaner.

Personally, my own amendment to this legislation is that at the end of this crisis, politicians will take seriously the need to speak with eachother, not just at or about eachother.