notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Economic Hangover

Well, the good ol' USA economy went on a major binge recently and got all kinds of fucked up. I'm personally having a hard time sorting out the politics. I mean, first the government bails out Fannie and Freddie, calling it a bipartisan necessity. Then they don't bail out Merrill or Lehman, and republicans are happy that the government drew a line in the sand. But then there's this massive loan to AIG, an effective government takeover. What happened to the line in the sand?

I just don't understand how the fundamental thrust of the Republican party's rhetoric is Free Market, small government, etc., etc., and yet no one seems to have too much of a problem with the Feds having complete control of virtually every major loan in a country with a profound addiction to debt.

Am I wrong here? Does the past week not conpletely contradict everything on which the Right has tried to build a name?

Also, shouldn't we be terrified by all of this? Is it just me, or did we basically become a Socialist State over night...during a Republican presidency?

I'm asking these question because I honestly don't know. Macroeconomics boggles my mind, and the more I learn the more confused I become. Throw politics into the mix, and you end up with an absinthe laced cocktail of Chaos and Despair.

Someone...please help me sort it out.