So now what???

Trust me on this one…I get it.  For a lot of people out there this economy is like “The Nightmare on Your Street”.  People are losing their jobs or their hours are getting cut.  People losing houses, health insurance, and most importantly self esteem.  There are people who have done incredibly thoughtless or even criminal things to drive our economy into the ground.  Those people should be held accountable…but that ain’t gonna pay your mortgage or rent next week…trust me I get it.  President Obama keeps saying that things will probably get worse before they get better.  Or that it’s going to take some time before the ‘Stimulus Plan’ begins to yield results, but that in time it will help us.  None of our politicians seem to understand that we the people have to actually survive to three or four or God forbid eight years from now.  Our car payments, rent, groceries, and kid’s college tuition will not wait for the Stimulus Plan to kick in.  Those things demand money right now…trust me…I get it.  All this is true…so now what? Recognizing or even bitching about the rotten ass hand our elected officials have dealt us will not pay one single solitary bill for anyone.  What it will do is make us more mad, more hopeless, and still up the damn creek without a paddle, or maybe even without a canoe.  So now what?  One of the things that makes life so difficult in the tendency to live anywhere but where we are right now.  By that I mean we worry about what happened to us yesterday, the day...

Congratulations Mr. President

What a wonderful day!  No matter what your political persuasion, if you are an American I think that you have to be proud of what happened today.  On the veranda of the capital building that African slaves helped build, we elected our first African American president.  Mr. Obama our 44th President looked out over the National Mall where there where slaves were bought and sold several hundred years ago, and charted out a new day for America.  The pomp and circumstance was heart warming and inspiring.  This peaceful and orderly transfer of power is the envy of the world.  What a truly wonderful day. Well…tomorrow is a new day.  A day that will start early for the new president.  He will have on his plate a TON of challenges and responsibilities.  I believe he is up to the job.  Perhaps a more important consideration is whether or not we the American people are up to the job.  While we really do need a great leader at the helm of government, each and every one of us needs to be responsible to ourselves and our American community.  We got into this economic mess because so many of us failed to live responsibly.  We consume ridiculous amounts of energy, we spend money we don’t have or can’t afford to spend, and we let our political leaders run amok without answering to us. I as an American am so very proud of Mr. Obama and this country for the progress we’ve made.  But please be clear there is still real work to be done.  I do know however, that if we put...

A New Day

Tuesday January 20, 2009 Barack Obama will be sworn in as our 44th president and I hope that’s what it will be…a New Day.  I’ve been into politics for several years, and pretty heavily in the last couple of years.  I’ve seen some good politicians and I’ve seen some bad ones (George Bush)…Ahem!!  I’ve also seen some good ones do some bad things (Bill Clinton) Ahem!!  This new guy Barack Obama seems to be different.  He’s young, good looking, in great shape, and is a master of words.  Those words make me feel better, bigger, and stronger.  They make me feel like I can do more.  His words make me feel hopeful.  I don’t know him but I feel like if I were talking to him, he’d actually care about what I had to say. The world is very different than just seven or eight months ago.  The economy has slowed to a crawl…and backwards at that.  Israel and Palestine and killing each other…again.  Terror attacks in India, a senate seat for sale (allegedly), on OJ is in jail (I’m not sure where that came from).  There are a lot of gigantic problems on the plate for our new president.  I happen to think that we’re all here for something great.  I think Obama was destined to become president.  I think his temperament, his style, his inclusiveness and his grand rhetoric make him exactly the right person at the right time.  I’m certain he understands the gravity of the problems we face, and I think he’s up to the challenge. Now, I’m under no delusion that he is our...