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AWOL: Absent Without Leadership

Let’s say, for the time it takes you to digest this post, that I believe the hype.  Let’s say I believe Paulson and Bernanke when they say we’re headed to a global economic apocalypse unless we cough up the money.  Let’s say their arguments (which at times yesterday resembled a 13 year old girl whining to her parents about how she would just DIE unless she had the latest Hannah Montana CD, and she has to have it NOW) were accurate.

Fine, then.  Where, exactly, are the two Job Applicants who’ve applied for the 2009-2013 Presidential Term?

We’re facing total economic meltdown – and the former CEO of Goldman Sachs (Treasury Secretary Paulson) and the Chairman of the privately owned and operated Federal Reserve System Ben Bernanke have both more or less demanded that the US Treasury, i.e. the taxpayers, hand them a check for $700 billion to sort it out by using top-down economics. They insist on no oversight (not that we have much of that in the FED anyway), no accountability, and no collateral for John Q. Public for handing over this TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS PER US HOUSEHOLD to them.  Oh, and they want it NOW.  Otherwise, they tell us, we’re faced with something WORSE than the Great Depression.

The US House and Senate are both holding hearings and meetings about this.  Lobbyists for the banks are swarming the halls of Congress this week.  As usual, the folks we’ve elected aren’t asking us what we want to do, or what our position is, they’re simply protecting their own interests, whatever they may be, in this matter.

Here’s today’s $700, question:

WHY haven’t Senator McCain, Senator Obama and Senator Biden returned to Washington to DO THE JOB THEY’RE BEING PAID TO DO?

These men ask, and at times DEMAND that we elect them to the White House.  At one point, although no more, this used to represent the home of the ‘Leader of the Free World’.

WHY then, aren’t any of these men demonstrating to the American voting public that they are, in fact, leaders?  They have not even committed to being present to vote on a bail-out bill.

Which one would you hire with (in)actions like this?


Class, your answers may NOT include anything referencing the other party’s candidates, because we’re asking them the EXACT same question.  Point out the strong, moral high ground of YOUR candidate.  We all know that both sides have none of that, so it’s not necessary to point that out for us.  We’re looking for things we DON’T already know.

While I look forward to your answers, understand this:  there are no excuses.  NONE of these people deserve to be President.  If they cannot LEAD in their present position, they certainly can’t be expected to LEAD our country.  With behavior like this, your vote for ANY of them demonstrates that you either don’t understand, or worse, don’t care.

Folks, if your place of employment were undergoing a crisis of epic proportions, as we are in Congress this week, and you chose to avoid coming back to work, how long do you think your employment there would last?

Have a nice day.  I’m off to see if I can’t get a good spot in the line for the soup kitchen.

In truth, I am,



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