When It All Goes Belly Up
I was thinking the other day about an episode of Roseanne that I saw years ago, which for me solidified her status as a working class hero. She had lost her job and her husband’s motorcycle shop had gone under and she received a notice that the power was going to be shut off at the end of the day. She ordered everyone into the kitchen to eat all of the food since it wasn’t going to stay cold much longer. As she opened the refrigerator door, the lights went out and the humm of the refrigerator went silent. “Well,” she said, “middle class was fun.”
Somehow I doubt that the 51% (give or more aptly take a few percent) of the American’s who voted for President Bush are going to take it quite so well when things suddenly go south.
With the EU making a play for economic super power and China and Saudi Arabia holding our in-the-red nuts over the fire, I don’t see the lights staying on much longer. I know that I will be able to walk out of my mortgaged-to-the-hilt house and be happy with what I’m taking with me (my books and my laptop, my children and their favorite toys, my husband and his guitars). The guy down the street who will undoubtedly lose his house, his retirement and his SUV despite the Bush/Cheney sticker on it, I’m sure he won’t be smiling like me.
With the Bush administration pounding out the drumbeat to war yet again, this time in Syria or Iran (I think they’re still keeping their options open at this point), what we the people need to realize is that another unprovoked, unnecessary and ill fated war will only add weight to the lead foot driving us over the economic cliff. Realize that when I say “our economy”, I mean the average American not the top 1% of the county that is thriving under this administration. There really are two economies, the insular one we live and suffer in and the internationally parasitic one that thrives with the help of deregulation and third world servitude and always profits from war (the military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about, but we know what a radical pinko he was). They will profit just as much from the next war as they have from this one. Do we need to see more than the grotesque profits posted by American oil companies over the last three months or Dick Cheney’s 3000% increase in the price of his Halliburton stock options? I don’t think we do, but we most certainly will see more of the same if Bush has his way.